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Fracking foes seek ban built into restructuring of Boulder County’s government

By John Fryar | Times-Call staff writer Boulder, Co. – Anti-fracking activists would like that process — currently used to free up underground oil and gas deposits — to be prohibited by a proposed home-rule charter that would restructure Boulder County’s government. The newly formed Boulder County Community Rights Network asked the Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday to schedule a ...

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Energy Pipeline: Executive profile of Frank Ingriselli of Pacific Energy Development

The Greeley Tribune Frank Ingriselli is expecting his company Pacific Energy Development to become a major player in the Niobrara play in Weld and Morgan counties. The president and CEO isn’t wasting any time moving in that direction either. His company recently bought an interest in 40 wells and approximately 28,000 net acres in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, including 2,200 acres ...

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House panel kills bill to fight Black Hills rate hikes

By Jeff Tucker and Peter Roper | The Pueblo Chieftain State Rep. Leroy Garcia’s bid to give more powers to the state Office of Consumer Counsel to advocate for utility rate-payers didn’t make it out of committee Monday. The House State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 9-1 to lay over the bill until next year’s session, effectively killing it ...

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Fire contained at Colorado power plant; 1 injured

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) – A blaze at an aging coal-fired power plant in Colorado Springs on Monday challenged firefighters, shut down the facility and forced the city’s utilities department to turn to a backup plant to restore power to thousands of customers. One contractor was hospitalized and more than 22,000 people lost electricity for about 30 minutes during the ...

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West seeks to reduce dependence on Russian energy

By Frances D’Emilio | Associated Press The Group of Seven industrialized powers and the European Union have resolved to cooperate to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin from using oil and gas supplies as a weapon in the increasingly violent Ukrainian crisis, an official said Tuesday. Britain’s energy secretary, Ed Davey, said a two-day meeting in Rome found participants agreed to ...

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Critics target Boulder’s municipalization spending

By Erica Meltzer | The Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo. How many solar panels could have been installed on Boulder rooftops for the millions the city has spend exploring municipalization? That’s the question critics of a potential Boulder electric utility are hammering. It’s one that proponents of the utility say misses the point. In a 16-minute video posted on YouTube, Boulder ...

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Mexico cites major interest in oil reform, including from China

PARIS (Reuters) – The Mexican government’s opening of its oil and gas industry is attracting major interest from investors worldwide, including companies from China and Singapore, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday. After passing a reform in December to end a 75-year oil and gas monopoly held by state oil producer Pemex, President Enrique Pena Nieto last week sent ...

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Economists back increased US oil and gas exports

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit. The vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Associated Press say lifting restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas would help the ...

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Effort to grant Colorado communities more local control on oil and gas dies

By Kurtis Lee | The Denver Post An effort to grant communities a measure of control over oil and gas operations has failed to produce an agreement this legislative session, meaning about a dozen November ballot initiatives that would give Colorado towns and counties far more power over drilling will likely proceed. “Addressing Colorado citizens’ concerns about the impacts of ...

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Q&A about drilling and traffic deaths

Associated Press The nation’s oil and natural gas boom has taken an unexpected toll in traffic fatalities in states with intense drilling activity. Some key questions and answers: Q: What’s to blame for the spike in traffic deaths? A: The sudden influx of trucks used for drilling and other traffic running through communities that have not had time to prepare ...

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