Oil and Gas Development

June 6, 2013--Tribe seeks to expand shale-oil drilling (Durango Herald)

Texas-based Swift Energy isn’t the only company chasing the lure of the Mancos Shale in La Plata County. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe-owned Red Willow Production Co. drilled one well into the Mancos Shale formation in December and now is planning to lease 12,000 acres of tribal minerals on Fort Lewis Mesa for further exploration.

June 2, 2013--Salazar protected state water resources (Pueblo Chieftain)

Ken Salazar’s balanced, smart approach to protecting Western water from costly oil shale speculation has been right for our farmers and ranchers and right for Colorado.

April 11, 2013--Senate OKs Sally Jewell as new Interior secretary (Denver Post)

The Senate approved REI Chief Executive Sally Jewell Wednesday as the new secretary of the Interior by a vote of 87 to 11.  Jewell, 58, had faced tough questioning by some Senate Republicans during her confirmation hearing in early March. But in comparison to some Obama Cabinet nominees, she sailed through the committee and full Senate votes.

February 14, 2013--County looks at shale-oil timeout (Durango Herald)

Faced with the possibility that La Plata County could see shale-oil-well development for the first time in the coming year, county commissioners explored the possibility of enacting a moratorium on the practice during a work session Wednesday.

February 11, 2013--Oil and gas panel approves 500-foot buffer for wells (Denver Business Journal)

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on Monday voted 8-1 to raise the minimum distance between wells and homes as well as other buildings to at least 500 feet statewide. The reason for the increased setback, among other issues (e.g., increases in dust, noise, etc.), were water contamination and quality issues.

January 8, 2013--Colorado oil and gas regulators approve groundwater testing requirement (Coloradoan)

Oil and gas companies will be required to test the groundwater around new drilling operations in Colorado beginning May 1. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Monday approved new rules requiring energy companies to test up to four domestic water wells within a half-mile radius of all new oil and gas wells both before and after drilling begins.

January 7, 2013--Environment groups decry proposed rule for water testing in Colorado (Fort Morgan Times)

Colorado's proposed new rule to protect water from expanding oil and gas operations would not apply to more than 25 percent of wells or to the tanks, pipelines and other production facilities that are frequent sources of leaks. Environmental groups that worked with Shell Oil to develop a tougher before-and-after groundwater-testing rule are calling the state's proposal a farce.

December 29, 2012--EPA allowing oil companies to inject drilling and fracking waste into aquifers below Northern Colorado (Coloradoan)

Energy companies are being allowed to pollute drinking water aquifers with oil and gas drilling and fracking waste in Northern Colorado and Denver. Over the past 13 years, the U.S.

December 10, 2012--Producing more power means using more water (High Country News)

Locked up inside the 6 million years of sediment that makes up the Green River Formation, which extends across mostly public lands in Colorado and Utah, may be the equivalent of a few trillion barrels of oil. Even if only half of it is recoverable, the oil shale of the Mountain West could one day fuel the world, turning the phrase "U.S. energy independence" from slogan to reality.

December 9, 2012--Drilling spills reaching Colorado groundwater; state mulls test rules (Denver Post)

Oil and gas have contaminated groundwater in 17 percent of the 2,078 spills and slow releases that companies reported to state regulators over the past five years, state data

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