Oil & Gas

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Ryan Zinke

Resuming federal coal leasing helps restore balance, Zinke says

By Gary Harmon

Lifting the moratorium on federal coal leasing is “certainly a signal that the war on coal is over,” but not a promise that the coal industry will roar back, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said. Zinke on Wednesday signed ...


House OKs initial school drilling rule

By Charles Ashby

It seems perfectly reasonable to Lafayette Democratic Rep. Mike Foote that, when it comes to public schools, the state’s setback rules for oil and gas drilling wells begin not at the buildings on campus, but the campus itself. But to ...

Drilling setback rule may change

By Dennis Webb

A newly introduced bill in the state Legislature would change Colorado’s 1,000-foot minimum setback requirement between schools and oil and gas facilities so that it applies to a school’s property boundary rather than the building ...

oil spill

By Dennis Webb

Cleanup is continuing and Chevron and authorities are looking into the cause of a pipeline leak outside the Rangely area in which more than 4,800 gallons of oil spilled into a dry drainage. The leak was discovered March 5 by Chevron personnel ...

Spills of oil, gas fall for second year amid slowdown in drilling

By Dennis Webb

Spills related to oil and gas development have fallen for a second straight year in Colorado, reflecting the diminished amount of drilling that has occurred, according to a report by the group Center for Western Priorities. The conservation ...

State regulators mull stricter rules for gas-gathering lines in rural areas

By Dennis Webb

Colorado regulatory officials are considering proposing applying pipeline construction rules to rural natural gas gathering lines, closing a gap in how such lines are currently regulated. Joe Molloy, section chief for the Colorado Public ...

Crews put out fire at Battlement Mesa pipeline site

By Dennis Webb

Firefighters this week extinguished a fire at what has proven to be a problematic pipeline project site where Ursa Resources is planning to drill for natural gas in the residential community of Battlement Mesa. Dave Devanney with the group ...

Energy firm sues environmentalist for libel over online posting

By Dennis Webb

An energy company sued a Paonia environmental consultant, accusing him of libel for comments made about a federal oil and gas lease bid collusion case the company ended up settling. Pete Kolbenschlag says the suit brought by SG Interests ...

Berry again owns Piceance assets

By Dennis Webb

Berry Petroleum is again the stand-alone owner of oil and gas assets in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin after a federal judge’s approval of a bankruptcy reorganization also involving its former parent company, Linn Energy ...


Bennet seeks Thompson Divide peace

By Dennis Webb

A newly proposed measure by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet would increase the amount of compensation that two companies receive for recently canceled leases in the Thompson Divide area southwest of Glenwood Springs. The measure is aimed at ...

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