Eco-Activists Are Reeling After Natural Gas Industry Sees Big Week In Colorado

natural gasGreen activists had a rough go of it in Colorado this week, especially after news broke the Centennial State is poised to become the second largest natural gas producing state in the U.S.

Environmentalists have worked overtime attempting to move the battleground state away from the clutches of natural gas developers and toward the supposedly warm embrace of “keep it in the ground” activists like Bill McKibben and eco-billionaire Tom Steyer.

That mission took a big hit this week when U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials said Wednesday that western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought.

The Colorado’s Piceance Basin, located in western Colorado, is capable of producing nearly 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, marking a massive uptick from the 1.6 trillion cubic feet estimated in 2003, research shows.

U.S. Energy Department data show one trillion cubic feet of natural gas is enough to heat 15 million homes for a year, which means, of course, that 40 times that number will probably warm close to hundreds of millions of homes.

Protesters and activists have not reacted well to the seemingly never-ending hits their movement has taken.

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