Oil and Gas Development

October 16, 2013--Shell says it can produce oil shale with a lot less water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It could require less than half a barrel of water to buoy up a barrel of oil from the high desert of the west, Shell Oil Co. said today. One barrel of oil could be produced from oil shale for as little as a third of a barrel of water, Tom Fowler, commercial lead for the Shell project, said at the 33rd Oil Shale symposium at Colorado School of Mines.


July 20, 2013--DOE fracking study: Chemicals didn't taint the water (Longmont Times)

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.


June 16, 2013--Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots (Denver Post)

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.

June 7, 2013--NM regulators replace rule on drilling waste (Denver Post)

New Mexico is changing its regulations on managing waste from oil and gas drilling. A 51-page order issued Thursday by the state Oil Conservation Commission makes numerous changes to the so-called "pit rule," which industry groups called too expensive and cumbersome. The regulations were adopted in 2009. They're intended to prevent drilling waste from leaching into groundwater.

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.


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