Oil and Gas Development

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

December 1, 2012--New state water testing rule debated for oil and gas (Fairplay Flume)

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission plans on approving a new water quality testing rule for water wells around new oil and gas wells or new oil and gas production facilities on Dec. 10. A public hearing lasting 10 hours on COGCC’s proposed rule was held on Nov. 14 at the Denver Athletic Club meeting room in downtown Denver.

November 22, 2012--The war on New Mexico's water (High Country News)

As residents of the West, each of us keeps, either consciously or not, a checklist of those things that make our lives here worthwhile. Some of those things add to our quality of life, like cultural diversity and breathtaking landscapes. Others, like clean water, fall more into the necessities of life category. Without clean water, we don't drink, we don't eat, and everything collapses.

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