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Garfield County might not owe the oil and gas company Encana as much money as it thought it did.

In 2016, Encana claimed to have paid the county too much in tax. It wanted its money back.


At the beginning of 2019, the county hired an accounting firm to comb back through the numbers with Encana.


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Colorado Mountain College has to give money back to two oil and gas companies that overpaid their taxes.

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There’s a debate happening about how to manage a chicken-like bird that calls part of Garfield County home. Last week county commissioners submitted a 1000 page package to the Bureau of Land Management. The agency’s drawing up a plan for how to protect the greater sage grouse whose population is shrinking. County officials fear protection could mean strict regulations for the oil and gas industry.


Garfield County recently released a report showing air pollution is on a decreasing trend. County officials attribute the decline in part, to improvements in how oil and gas companies operate in the region. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, some county residents don’t think the numbers tell the whole story.