Oil & Gas

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Residents cry foul over gas

By Dennis Webb

Some Battlement Mesa residents are calling on Gov. John Hickenlooper to intervene after state regulators approved a second proposed Ursa Resources oil and gas pad in that residential community. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ...

Groups: Suspend fracking to save endangered fish

By Dennis Webb

Two conservation groups say oil and gas leasing and development need to be halted on federal lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin until agencies can take the steps needed to protect endangered fish. The Center for Biological Diversity and ...


Helicopter installs power lines 
with new energy projects in mind

By Dennis Webb

A transmission line project that will support future energy development and general electricity demand in the region got a literal lift this week when a specialized helicopter was put into service to install about 90 towers. Xcel Energy is ...

Governments anxious about Grand County energy leasing plan

By Dennis Webb

Grand County commissioners are expressing “great concerns” to the Bureau of Land Management about a proposal to lease some 27,500 acres for oil and gas development just west of Granby, the western portal to Rocky Mountain National ...

BLM considers gas leases near national park

By Dennis Webb

The Bureau of Land Management is considering leasing tens of thousands of acres for oil and gas development in the Granby area, the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand County commissioners will consider whether to oppose the ...


Mesa County leaps into Thompson Divide fight

By Gary Harmon

The Mesa County Commission is leaving open its options to the proposed cancellation of oil and gas leases in the high country of the White River National Forest that also are within Mesa County. The commission on Monday approved a letter ...

Fracking measures not on ballot

By Dennis Webb

The oil and gas industry is celebrating and advocates for greater regulation of that industry are weighing next steps following the failure of two measures to make the fall ballot. Unless there’s an appeal and it succeeds, Colorado ...

Slump forces county into hiring freeze

By Gary Harmon

With the oil and gas sector in a tailspin, Mesa County is instituting a hiring freeze in hopes of gaining control of its finances. The hiring freeze is the county’s first step toward resolving its financial issues, officials ...


Hearing delayed on Ursa’s pad in Battlement again

By Dennis Webb

State regulators again have delayed a hearing on a proposed oil and gas drilling pad near the Colorado River in Battlement Mesa. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff granted a request by Ursa Resources to have the hearing pushed ...

Drilling, fracking measures energize passionate opposition

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans may get to vote on two ballot measures this fall aimed at oil and gas drilling and the practice of hydraulic fracturing as part of those activities. One measure, known as initiative 75, would give local governments the authority to ...

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