Oil & Gas

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Agency finalizes methane waste rule

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday finalized a Bureau of Land Management rule to limit methane waste related to oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands, but it faces an immediate legal challenge and the potential for ...


Unlikely election win shuffles federal policy outlook

By Dennis Webb

The poll-defying victory of Donald Trump in last week’s presidential election has abruptly reshaped the political landscape when it comes to energy development in Colorado and the West. Oil and gas and coal-mining interests and ...

Nucor, Encana end drilling deals, enter into lease agreement

By Dennis Webb

A major steelmaker and the oil and gas producer Encana have ended deals compelling them to jointly develop thousands of natural gas wells in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin when gas prices are high enough. In their place, Nucor has ...

Groups turn focus to opposing Initiative 71

By Dennis Webb

Backers of two Colorado oil and gas initiatives won’t appeal a Secretary of State Office decision to keep the measures off the ballot and instead are turning their immediate focus to working to defeat another measure that would make ...


Groups push for hearing on Battlement Mesa gas

By Dennis Webb

Citizen groups are pressing Garfield County to seek a state hearing on the recent approval by state regulators of an Ursa Resources natural gas drilling location near the Colorado River in Battlement Mesa. Battlement Concerned Citizens and ...

State to study health risk from gas production

By Dennis Webb

Researchers have completed a second Colorado oil and gas air pollution study that complements a recent one in Garfield County, and a state agency now plans to use results from the two studies to do a health risk assessment study. Jeffrey ...


Residents cry foul over gas

By Dennis Webb

Some Battlement Mesa residents are calling on Gov. John Hickenlooper to intervene after state regulators approved a second proposed Ursa Resources oil and gas pad in that residential community. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ...

Groups: Suspend fracking to save endangered fish

By Dennis Webb

Two conservation groups say oil and gas leasing and development need to be halted on federal lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin until agencies can take the steps needed to protect endangered fish. The Center for Biological Diversity and ...


Helicopter installs power lines 
with new energy projects in mind

By Dennis Webb

A transmission line project that will support future energy development and general electricity demand in the region got a literal lift this week when a specialized helicopter was put into service to install about 90 towers. Xcel Energy is ...

Governments anxious about Grand County energy leasing plan

By Dennis Webb

Grand County commissioners are expressing “great concerns” to the Bureau of Land Management about a proposal to lease some 27,500 acres for oil and gas development just west of Granby, the western portal to Rocky Mountain National ...

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