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Greeley will keep watering restrictions this year

By Analisa Romano | The Greeley Tribune, Colorado There will be no shortage of water in Colorado this year, thanks to plentiful snowpack and high reservoir levels, but that won’t keep Greeley from sticking to its century-old practice of watering restrictions. Not since 1907 has the city wavered in implementing its three-day-a-week watering restrictions or, in drought years, more stringent ...

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U.S. failed to check risky oil, gas wells

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and Indian lands. ...

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Legislators say transportation issues in northern Colorado need to be addressed in 2015 legislative session

By T.M. Fasano | The Greeley Tribune, Colorado LOVELAND – Transportation wasn’t a big issue in the 2014 Colorado legislative session, but northern Colorado legislators are already talking about its importance in the 2015 session. Gearing their talk toward the expansion of Interstate 25 to help alleviate future traffic concerns in northern Colorado all the way north to Colo. 14, ...

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U.S. considers fracking fluid disclosure rules

By Valerie Volcovici | Reuters The Obama administration announced its first steps on Friday toward what could be tighter regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has revived U.S. oil and gas production, seeking public input on whether companies should be forced to disclose the contents of so-called fracking fluids. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would gather public ...

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Federal Watchdog: Pipeline safety oversight shoddy

By Joan Lowy | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal agency responsible for making sure states effectively oversee the safety of natural gas and other pipelines is failing to do its job, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday. The federal effort is so riddled with weaknesses that it’s not possible to ensure states are enforcing pipeline ...

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Xcel calls Boulder utility formation ‘premature’

By Erica Meltzer | The Daily Camera, Boulder, Co. Boulder’s decision to formally create a power and light utility ahead of filing for condemnation of Xcel Energy’s local distribution system was premature and didn’t follow the city’s own charter requirements, Xcel Energy said Wednesday. In a statement issued in response to the City Council’s vote Tuesday night, company officials said ...

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Strong earthquake shakes Mexico’s Pacific coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the southern Pacific coast of Mexico and several states, including the capital on Thursday, sending frightened people into unseasonal torrential rains that were also bearing down on the coast. The 6.4-magnitude quake in southern Guerrero state had an epicenter about 9 miles (15 kilometers) north of Tecpan de Galeana, according to the ...

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States must be warned of oil-by-rail cargoes, U.S. says

By Patrick Rucker | Reuters U.S. companies moving crude oil via rail must tell state officials when a cargo is moving across their regions, the U.S. Transportation Secretary said on Wednesday, the latest response to a string of fiery and sometimes deadly derailments. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, also said DOT-111 tank cars, ...

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