Oil & Gas

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County’s oil and gas lease sale challenged

By Dennis Webb

Conservation groups are challenging the federal government’s offering of more than 16,000 acres of oil and gas leases in Mesa County in a sale next month, citing concerns including potential impacts to imperiled species and the ...


‘Historic day’ as Thompson Divide leases canceled

By Dennis Webb

Thursday was a day that Jason Sewell likely will always remember. It’s one that Robbie Guinn probably would just as soon forget. The Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced the cancellation of 25 ...


Decision protects Roan acreage from drilling firms

By Dennis Webb

A decision announced Thursday marks the culmination of a yearslong effort to protect land atop the Roan Plateau west of Rifle from oil and gas development. The Bureau of Land Management decision fully adopted terms of a 2014 agreement ...


Decisions on Roan, Thompson due today

By Dennis Webb

Top federal officials will join Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in Denver today to announce what the oil and gas industry expects, and conservationists and others hope, will be the cancellation of 25 leases in the Thompson Divide area ...


Agency finalizes methane waste rule

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized a Bureau of Land Management rule to limit methane waste related to oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands, but it faces an immediate legal challenge and the potential for ...


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Unlikely election win shuffles federal policy outlook

By Dennis Webb

The poll-defying victory of Donald Trump in last week’s presidential election has abruptly reshaped the political landscape when it comes to energy development in Colorado and the West. Oil and gas and coal-mining interests and ...


Nucor, Encana end drilling deals, enter into lease agreement

By Dennis Webb

A major steelmaker and the oil and gas producer Encana have ended deals compelling them to jointly develop thousands of natural gas wells in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin when gas prices are high enough. In their place, Nucor has ...


Groups turn focus to opposing Initiative 71

By Dennis Webb

Backers of two Colorado oil and gas initiatives won’t appeal a Secretary of State Office decision to keep the measures off the ballot and instead are turning their immediate focus to working to defeat another measure that would make ...


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Groups push for hearing on Battlement Mesa gas

By Dennis Webb

Citizen groups are pressing Garfield County to seek a state hearing on the recent approval by state regulators of an Ursa Resources natural gas drilling location near the Colorado River in Battlement Mesa. Battlement Concerned Citizens and ...


State to study health risk from gas production

By Dennis Webb

Researchers have completed a second Colorado oil and gas air pollution study that complements a recent one in Garfield County, and a state agency now plans to use results from the two studies to do a health risk assessment study. Jeffrey ...


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