Oil & Gas

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Garfield panel OKs additional drilling in Battlement Mesa

By Dennis Webb

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Garfield County’s Planning Commission on Tuesday night approved a second phase of oil and gas development by Ursa Resources in Battlement Mesa, including a well pad within 500 feet of some mobile homes. The ...

County to BLM: Get rid of Obama’s fracking regs

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission on Monday urged the Bureau of Land Management to drop its Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The commission voted to send a letter to the agency urging that the 2015 rules adopted by ...

Panel delays decision on Ursa plan to drill Battlement Mesa wells

By Dennis Webb

A Garfield County panel has postponed until Sept. 26 an expected decision on a proposal by Ursa Resources to drill more than 55 wells from two pads in Battlement Mesa. The delay comes after the company asked during a hearing late Wednesday ...

Interior dictates review brevity

By Dennis Webb

One year and 150 pages. Those are the general limits a new Interior Department order places on the time for its agencies to complete environmental impact statements on projects, and how long those documents should be. The order, issued last ...


Drones deliver high hopes

By Dennis Webb

Richard Alward and Tamera Minnick were preparing for takeoff last month when the usual preflight checklist strayed from the expected — “takeoff area clear?” — to the unexpected. “SD card?” “SD ...


Going with the flow

By Dennis Webb

RANGELY — In 1946, Roy Cramer’s grandfather moved from Palisade to go to work building a bunkhouse during the boom in drilling in Rangely’s oil field. About half of the 950 wells in the field were drilled in the 1940s. ...


Scott eyes field inspector levels for oil and gas

By Dennis Webb

Reports that state Sen. Ray Scott says he has received of state oil and gas inspectors sleeping on the job have him questioning whether there may be more inspectors than are needed. While it turns out the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation ...


Booming with pride 
but wary of a bust

By Dennis Webb

RANGELY — As many Colorado communities and the state struggle with managing conflicts between oil and gas development and residential development, the town of Rangely stands as something of an anomaly. This town was built on oil ...

John Hickenlooper

Guv calls
 for rules
 change on fuel wells

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants the state to make some changes when it comes to abandoned wells and the flowlines that extend out of them. Responding to April’s explosion of a home near Firestone that killed two people, Hickenlooper on ...

Japanese official will visit Piceance

By Gary Harmon

A Japanese official this month is to visit northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin — a region that Japan hopes to tap for natural gas for its own industry and population — to discuss how best to complete the connection. Takeshi ...

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