Yes, we've been having some technical difficulties here at SkyTruth for the past 10 days. The outfit that hosts our image galleries and file libraries, Green Media Toolshed, just switched over to an entirely new software framework that promises to add some nice new features. Unfortunately, it's having trouble displaying TIFF-format images as thumbnails; and many of the links to images and files sprinkled throughout this blog are not functioning now.
We're assured that the folks at GMT are working hard to resolve these problems. Until they do, if there's something you want but can't get, send us an email.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We decided to see how many oil and natural gas wells have been drilled in the state of Colorado.
It's got a long history of drilling, and is currently in a booming phase of drilling for natural gas that is having both good and bad impacts on the economy, society, public health and the environment. We downloaded the latest data on wells and permits for new drilling from the State of Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website. Then we sorted the data to make four Google Earth KMZ files:
- All currently active natural-gas and oil wells (34,516 wells)
- All temporarily or permanently abandoned wells (32, 214)
- All currently valid permits to drill new wells (6,142)
- And a single large KMZ file that contains all of the above