Oil and Gas Development

November 8, 2009--BLM considers geothermal leasing in Colorado (Grand Junction Sentinel)

For the first time in the state, the BLM was scheduled this month to offer to sell lease rights to develop geothermal energy. However, the agency has decided to postpone the action until its next quarterly oil and gas lease sale in February.

November 7, 2009--Business owner creates fracturing fluid machine (Craig Daily Press)

Forbes and a team of part-time employees and volunteers have built a machine that may change the way energy companies drill new wells. Oil and gas wells produce large amounts of water along with fossil fuels. The water cannot be used for anything, as it often is contaminated with oil, gas, salt and other chemicals and must be shipped to recycling facilities to separate out the junk.

October 11, 2009--Fears of tainted water well up in western Colorado (Denver Post)

Water from a spring Prather, a resident of the DeBuque area, has drank from for decades was heavily contaminated with a carcinogenic and nervous system-damaging chemical stew known as BTEX — benzene, toluene, ethylbenzine and xylene. BTEX and other volatile organic compounds come to the surface in the production water from oil and gas wells.

October 4, 2009--Report: gas industry execs starting to see the light on chemical disclosure (Colorado Independent)

The oil and gas industry is starting to see some cracks in its to-date united front against federal oversight of the common drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

August 18, 2009--Attorney says Salazar could yank oil, gas leases (Denver Post)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has the authority to cancel oil and gas leases on western Colorado's Roan Plateau, said an attorney representing environmental groups challenging the leases. Last week, Salazar ruled out withdrawing leases issued for nearly 55,000 acres of public land on the plateau.

August 9, 2009--Some fear hydraulic fracturing will harm the drinking water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Halliburton Energy Services representative defended hydraulic fracturing Saturday as a practice needing no more regulation, while a researcher said analysis of health concerns is hampered by a lack of di

July 25, 2009--Battlement Mesa metro district offers to pump Antero's water (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

A mystery of sorts hangs over the question of where Antero Resources, the gas drilling company planning to sink up to 200 wells in the Battlement Mesa neighborhood, is going to get the water to be used in

June 26, 2009--Water storage a threat to MCQWD (Fort Morgan Times)

A source water protection team has identified water, ironically, as a potential contaminant of the Morgan County Quality Water District well fields.

June 17, 2009--Ritter optimistic on West's water challenges (Pueblo Chieftain)

Downstream states should be looking to conservation methods and new technologies to improve their water supplies, rather than uphill for additional sources, Gov. Bill Ritter said Tuesday.

June 11, 2009--Obama nominates new Bureau of Land Management chief (Vail Daily)

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says President Obama has nominated Bob Abbey, a former top Interior Department official in Nevada, to head the federal Bureau of Land Management.

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