Oil & Gas

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Forest chief: We will honor leases

By Dennis Webb

The head of the White River National Forest says that, ideally, existing Thompson Divide leases in the forest would go away, to be consistent with his draft decision to mostly close that area to leasing. But as long as they remain in ...

New law won’t stop study of sage-grouse, Jewell says

By Dennis Webb

The Interior Department says a federal budget bill rider will have some consequences for greater sage-grouse management, and for landowners living in Gunnison sage-grouse country, but won’t affect efforts to develop federal and state ...

Gas industry warns of closures with fines

By Dennis Webb

Colorado oil and gas regulators on Tuesday postponed a decision on a new fine structure for rule violations, after industry representatives voiced concern that it could lead in some cases to companies shutting down or curtailing ...

Oil, gas task force hears West Slope perspective

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — A state task force is being asked to consider the “Western Slope Way” for managing oil and gas development and its impacts, while some local residents argue that more still needs to be done to protect their health and ...


Steep decline in oil and gas prices a ‘double-edged sword’

By Gary Harmon

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ move to plunge oil prices won’t hammer the energy economy of the Western Slope as much as it might muffle the boom in northeastern Colorado and tarnish the luster of the Centennial ...

Oil dip doesn’t immediately change WPX, Encana plans

By Dennis Webb

Two major local natural gas producers who have turned their attentions to drilling for oil elsewhere say they’re continuing to pursue that strategy for now even as oil prices drop. But WPX Energy and Encana say they like having the ...

Oil, gas task force to meet in Rifle next week

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — Northwest Coloradans next week will get the chance to listen to a state task force get into the meat of the issues surrounding oil and gas development — and to give it even more morsels to chew on. The task force, formed ...

Local effects of oilfield firms’ merger unclear now

By Dennis Webb

It may be months or even years before the local personnel impacts of the merger of two major oilfield services companies are known. Halliburton Co. is buying Baker Hughes in a $34.6 billion deal, the companies announced Monday. The agreement ...


Boost in natural gas production is in large part a small-business story

By Greg Ruland

Colorado is a growth state for oil and gas operations, says a small-business advocacy group, pointing to a 139 percent increase in natural gas production between 2005 and 2012. The increase in production was due in large part to the expansion ...

Piceance Basin oil, gas activity is steady

By Dennis Webb

Oil and gas activity in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin is generally holding steady compared to last year’s level, but more companies are getting involved and drilling permit numbers are up in Garfield County. Garfield County ...

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