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What the FRAC? Ritter backs more study over federal oversight

First he was accused of cozying up to the allegedly coal-crazed electric co-op Tri-State. Now Gov. Ritter is laying a big wet smooch on...

Colo. School of Mines professor says he was threatened with firing...

Dr. Geoffrey Thyne is no Ward Churchill. He’s a geologist and an academic with three decades of field work and experience as a research scientist in the oil and gas industry, including the last 13 years at Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

Frustrations mount in run-up to Glenwood Springs Oil and Gas Commission...

Less than a week out, the agenda for a highly anticipated two-day Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting in Glenwood Springs is about as clear as the waste water in a natural gas reserve pit.

Key meetings set on Battlement Mesa, Rulison and Divide Creek drilling

A series of key state and county meetings on a variety of controversial natural-gas drilling issues will take place this week and next in...

Energy issues could trip up Western Slope Dems in 2010

A mineral royalty rights meeting that turned ugly in Grand Junction earlier this month is just a small taste of what’s coming for local and state Democrats running for re-election in 2010 on Colorado’s Western Slope, according to one lawmaker.

Battlement Mesa residents leery of plan to drill for gas right...

It’s a valid question: If you retired to Colorado’s sunny Western Slope for the laidback mountain lifestyle but bought into a community purpose-built for workers during the oil shale boom of the 1980s, should you be shocked when drilling rigs sprout like pinon pines in your neighborhood? Battlement Mesa residents are grappling with that question these days after Denver-based Antero Resources recently struck a deal to drill up to 200 gas wells from 10 pads right in town — some within a few hundred feet of homes and the municipal golf course.

Green groups challenge industry lawsuit against new drilling regs

After two years of at-times heated debated over new, more environmentally-friendly oil and gas drilling regulations, ratification by the State Legislature and a signature by Gov. Bill Ritter, it looked like the warring parties would finally lay down their arms when the regs went into effect April 1. Wrong. A few weeks into the new regs, which require closer state scrutiny of drilling practices that might impact air and water quality and wildlife habitat, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which drafted the new rules.

Natural-gas industry looks to cash in on ‘cleanest’ fossil fuel title

Beset by a growing chorus of environmental opposition culminating in more stringent drilling regulations in April, some in Colorado’s natural-gas industry say they need to do a better job of portraying their product as the cleanest burning fossil fuel.

DeGette takes aim at natural gas industry to protect groundwater supplies

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is leading the charge to increase federal oversight of the nation’s natural gas industry, reintroducing a bill that specifically targets a process called hydraulic fracturing. “Fracking,” as it’s known in industry circles, pumps a mixture of water and sand into a well using extremely high pressure in order to force gas to the surface. Some environmental groups say the process can lead to groundwater contamination.

Garfield County braces for gas bust, officials blame economy, regulations

Government officials on the Western Slope are bracing for a drop-off in natural gas drilling of up to 80 percent this summer — and a corresponding plunge in tax revenues. While some politicians attribute the slowdown to the drop in energy prices and the global recession, others blame Colorado's stricter drilling regulations.
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