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Some Colorado officials support rules on natural gas burning

Lawmakers of oil and gas producing states, as well as industry groups, have had mixed reactions to the proposed BLM flaring reduction rules. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — More than two dozen elected officials from western Colorado cities and counties have endorsed a federal crackdown on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. They sent a letter to federal officials Monday saying the practice causes pollution and robs taxpayers of royalties they could have earned on the gas. The Obama administration proposed ...

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Colorado OKs oil-gas rules giving cities, counties limited say

Colorado OKs oil-gas rules giving cities, counties limited say

DENVER — Colorado regulators approved new rules Monday intended to ease the conflicts that arise when oil and gas rigs show up near homes and schools, but they came under immediate fire from both the industry and its critics. The regulations approved by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would allow local governments to consult with energy companies on ...

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Colorado regulators trying to finalize new oil, gas rules

Oil and gas drilling rig operating in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin. (Image courtesy of Ecana Corp.)

DENVER — Colorado regulators are trying to finalize new rules intended to give local governments a limited say in where large oil and gas facilities are located. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was holding its fourth day of hearings Monday on the proposals. Previous sessions were held last year. The commission is considering two rules that would allow ...

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Colorado county paying less for natural gas

Colorado county paying less for natural gas

The price Pueblo County pays for compressed natural gas used in fleet vehicles has dropped 50 cents, officials said Tuesday. Sparq Natural Gas sent information to the county stating that the price dropped from $1.99 per gallon equivalent to $1.49 at the county’s CNG site to reflect the approved federal excise alternative fuel tax credit. Officials said the credit will support ...

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Colorado fracking opponents prepare to go to the ballot

Just off Interstate Highway 25, Drill Rig 1548 of Encana Natural Gas stands near homes in the town of Frederick in Weld County, Colorado. (Image: MileHighTraveler via iStockPhoto)

DENVER — Opponents of fracking in Colorado are preparing to go to the ballot to either ban the practice or keep it away from homes and schools. Members of a Boulder County-based citizens group submitted paperwork Tuesday for 11 potential ballot questions. The Denver Post reports that most are focused on increasing the distance between oil and gas wells and ...

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Colorado oil, gas companies reporting increased production

Oil and gas drilling rig operating in Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin. (Image courtesy of Ecana Corp.)

Weld County’s two largest oil and gas drillers have updated their production levels for the last few months of the year, noting increased drilling efficiencies without spending more money. Both Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy — which together account for most of Weld’s production — this month have issued updates to production reports for the fourth quarter, as crews have ...

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Antifracking groups hold rally ahead of Colo. Supreme Court arguments

(Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

Holding signs with messages such as “Don’t frack with our air” and “Frack off,” 55 members of environmental groups that support Longmont’s and Fort Collins’ efforts to limit fracking within city limits rallied outside the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday ahead of oral arguments in the cities’ ongoing legal cases. Leaders from The Sierra Club; Food and Water Watch; Earthworks; ...

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2016 economic outlook shows growth but some sectors slowing

Storage tanks for crude oil in central Colorado, USA

While Colorado’s economic picture next year will be highlighted by continued job growth, Weld County could see some slight dips that could put some stress on employment, according to an annual business outlook published Monday by the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. In the college’s annual business outlook, the 2016 state economy will slow somewhat, though there still ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Dec. 7

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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 that 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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