Oil and Gas Development

February 6, 2014--Fracking is draining water from US areas suffering major shortages - report (Reiuters)

Some of the most drought-ravaged areas of the US are also heavily targeted for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing - a practice that exacerbates water shortages - according to a new report.

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.

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