There is an energy rush across America, which you can see it for yourself as you drive through previously pristine lands not that far from Telluride, that are now filled with natural gas drills. Kirk Johnson, who covers the West for The New York Times, reports on the change in the Colorado landscape.
The pattern is clear in the oil and gas business: drilling fields are going into new places. North Dakota, better known for growing wheat, is now booming with rigs. Fort Worth has upward of 2,000 gas wells right in the city itself, with most of that growth within just the last five years. Pittsburgh, facing the prospect of urban drilling, forbade it last year by a vote of the City Council.
But few areas are facing the prospect of drilling’s new frontier more vividly than eastern Colorado...