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Editorial: Regulator’s handle Noble pollution well

Noble Energy

We applaud a recent settlement that means Noble Energy will pay one of the heftiest state fines ever for air quality violations. We like where the money will go most of all. Noble agreed to pay almost $5 million in fines and spend another $8.5 million on environmental mitigations. If you believe the Environmental Protection Agency, Noble agreed to spend ...

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Hickenlooper signs off of $2 million for ‘West Slope Way’

Governor John Hickenlooper recently approved more than $2 million for improvements in Colorado’s oil and gas industry management. According to a KJCT8 report, the funding would allow for $1.4 million to create jobs monitoring oil and gas, $360,000 for a new oil and gas education website and hotline and $400,000 for air quality control. The recent allocation of funds pleased ...

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Oil, gas spill report for April 27

oil spill

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Chemical weapons money on tap


The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners is set to get a portion of federal funds due to the county from the destruction of chemical weapons at the Pueblo Depot today. The board will discuss a resolution accepting $1.3 million from the Department of Homeland Security for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. The money is actually set to augment the ...

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Amid downturn in oil prices, Wyoming economy still grows

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s economy has added jobs over the past year despite a decrease in oil prices. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Wyoming Economic Analysis Division said the state added about 400 construction jobs between February 2014 and February 2015. The division also reported that 10 of 14 industries it tracks added jobs in the past year. The ...

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Oil group adds Colorado office


The oil industry continues to pump more educational resources into Colorado. One of its newest moves is creating and staffing a Denver-based branch office of the American Petroleum Institute. The branch office, named the Colorado Petroleum Council, is headed by Tracee Bentley, a Buena Vista High School graduate whose parents, John and Rae Timme, now live in Pueblo West. On ...

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Not your grandparents’ plan

A state water plan may not prevent a crisis, but it would give the state a way to better deal with it. “We like our chances better with a strategy,” said James Eklund, executive director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “We’ve got a path forward.” Eklund addressed about 150 people who attended the opening day of the Arkansas River ...

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Protest aimed at Black Hills, PUC

Talking to the protesters carrying signs, it was hard to determine which they disliked more — Black Hills Energy or the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that approves the local utility’s electric rates and expenses. “We need to have the members of the PUC elected by voters,” said Frank Peralta, a retired electrical contractor at the sidewalk rally Wednesday. “Our high ...

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USGS: Colorado 100 times more prone to severe earthquakes

A recent report from U.S. Geological Survey looks to oil and gas wastewater injection as the source of heightened seismic activity throughout 17 states, including Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. According to the Denver Business Journal, the USGS evaluated records of earthquake data from 2000 to 2009, ultimately estimating that earthquakes with a magnitude of three are 100 times more ...

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