Oil & Gas

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Industry blasts feds’ Thompson lease closures

By Gary Harmon

Closing off Thompson Divide to new oil and gas development falls short of federal environmental requirements, energy industry organizations said Tuesday. The organizations filed a formal objection to the proposed plan for the White River ...


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‘Gift from nature’ eases threat of contaminants in creek

By Dennis Webb

When a Williams pipeline leaked contaminants that reached Parachute Creek in the spring of 2013, the company had “a gift from nature” to thank for the fact that the harm to the creek wasn’t far worse. That’s according ...


Garfield urges quick federal approval of gas export site

By Dennis Webb

Garfield County commissioners are calling for prompt federal approval of a proposed Oregon liquefied natural gas export facility that could serve as an outlet for natural gas produced in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. In a letter ...


Bill fast-tracks energy exports

By Gary Harmon

A measure aimed at boosting exports of liquefied natural gas and possibly pumping life into energy-dependent economies will go to the U.S. Senate after passing the House on Wednesday. H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency ...


Comment period extended on drilling

By Staff

Residents have until April 16 to comment on a proposed master development plan for development of natural gas near Paonia. The Bureau of Land Management extended the comment period on the environmental impact statement for the development in ...


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Oil shale group picks new leader

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction man has taken over as head of the National Oil Shale Association, which includes companies working to develop oil shale in Colorado and Utah. Brad McCloud replaces Glenn Vawter, who headed the nonprofit organization for eight ...


WPX puts well completions on hold

By Dennis Webb

The area’s largest and most active natural gas developer has suspended completion operations on newly drilled wells in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin due to low natural gas prices. The move by WPX Energy is expected to be ...


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Increased severance tax revenue may go toward TABOR refunds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Municipal League is concerned over what Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to do with severance tax revenue this year. In a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee earlier this month, the ...


Forest Service reconsiders drilling plan

By Dennis Webb

A proposal to drill up to five natural gas wells from a pad in the headwaters of the North Fork of the Gunnison River will get a closer look by the federal government under a lawsuit settlement with conservation groups. Under the settlement ...


Drilling-air-emissions study to wrap up in ‘15

By Dennis Webb

A study led by Colorado State University seeking to characterize emissions of air pollutants from natural gas development is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The study is being conducted to quantify emissions of toxic ...


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