Oil & Gas

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Businessman: We could have prevented blast

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction company’s state-of-the-art mix of land records, geographic information system data, and on-the-ground observations could have prevented the explosion that killed two men in Firestone last month, said the head of ProStar ...


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Energy office bill clears first hurdle

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — There is bipartisan interest in saving the Colorado Energy Office from certain doom, but both sides of the political aisle aren’t on the same page when it comes to the specifics about how that would be done. As a result, ...


Commission appeals ruling, seeks clarity on its legal responsibilities

By Dennis Webb

State oil and gas regulators are asking the Colorado Supreme Court to review a court ruling saying it is obligated to protect public health, safety and welfare as a condition of allowing oil and gas development. The Colorado Oil and Gas ...


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Scott tries to salvage energy office

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott wants to rescue the Colorado Energy Office, but he doesn’t want the office to be what’s it’s been in the past. Instead, he wants the office that is set to close in July to focus more on all ...


Dems target ‘pooling’ in oil, gas development

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Oil and gas drilling companies would have to give royalty owners more time to decide about having their mineral rights developed and more information about how that would happen under a bill that won preliminary approval in the ...


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Company trying new tactics to minimize drilling impacts

By Dennis Webb

BATTLEMENT MESA — A rig that has begun drilling some of the first of many natural gas wells Ursa Resources plans to develop in this western Garfield County residential community stands out in the sense that it doesn’t stand out. ...


Jordan Cove decision in limbo, energy adviser says

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — A research fellow at Stanford University and self-described conservative Republican said Thursday he’s perplexed by the delay by President Trump in nominating people to fill vacancies on the Federal Energy Regulatory ...


Attorney: Overturn justices’ gas ruling

By Dennis Webb

RIFLE — A March Colorado Court of Appeals ruling will have a tremendous impact on oil and gas development if not overturned by the state’s high court, an attorney said Wednesday. “It’s also part of a growing trend ...


Oil and gas school-setback bill dies in Senate

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — It’s a modest proposal, proponents said of a bill Wednesday to change the setback rules for oil and gas wells from 1,000 feet of a school building to the same distance from school grounds. It’s an unnecessary ...


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West Slope lawmakers bemoan raid on severance tax

By Charles Ashby

Few lawmakers are happy with what’s in the Legislature’s proposed $26.8 billion budget for the next year, particularly those on the Western Slope. While some say the budget is balanced as well as it can be, others criticize it for ...


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