Oil & Gas

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North Fork drilling plans remain small

By Dennis Webb

An oil and gas company says it isn’t expecting to drill 400 wells in the upper North Fork Valley, at least not any time soon. Gunnison Energy President Brad Robinson said the company is “thinking about a more modest plan” ...

WPX Energy to scale back drilling rigs in Piceance

By Gary Harmon

WPX Energy will run three drill rigs this year, including one exploring the rich Niobrara shale in the Piceance Basin, the company said Thursday. In all, WPX said it will spend $200 million to $225 million in Western Slope operations. The ...

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 ...


‘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 ...


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 ...

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