Oil & Gas

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Drilling proposed north of Paonia

By Dennis Webb

A citizens group and an energy company are among those starting to digest a 760-page draft environmental impact statement on a company’s plan to drill up to 146 natural gas wells in the upper North Fork Valley north of Paonia ...

Complaint system recommended in oil, gas panel

By Dennis Webb

Colorado should create a centralized health complaint system for concerns related to oil and gas development, the state’s top health official says. Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department ...

Obama wants emissions of methane cut

By Dennis Webb

Following Colorado’s lead, the Obama administration is proposing to regulate methane emissions related to oil and gas development. The move is being welcomed as a good first step by interests that say the proposal needs to go beyond new ...


State: 2014 
oil, gas spills topped 700

By Dennis Webb

Oil and gas companies reported more than 700 spills last year, up from 600 the previous year, and an increase attributable at least in part to stricter reporting requirements. The Denver-based Center for Western Priorities Tuesday reported ...

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