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Colorado editorial roundup

In this Colorado editorial roundup, citizens sound off on a variety of topics with newspapers, not bumper stickers. (Image: Chris Coleman via Flickr)

Expanding internet access across the state The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel, Feb. 17 One of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s more quotable remarks from his State of the State address last month was that government agencies would press forward to bring broadband “to every corner and corral” in Colorado. While the imagery may be spot-on — much of the state consists of ...

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New York cracks down on independent energy retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is tightening the rules on independent energy retailers who promise big savings to consumers who switch from traditional utilities. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will require the companies to guarantee savings for residential and small business customers. The rules wouldn’t apply to energy companies that derive at least 30 ...

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Murray Energy idling West Virginia coal mine

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large West Virginia underground coal mine owned by Murray Energy is halting production for nearly two weeks, and the rest of the company’s mines are running on part-time schedules due to reduced demand from electric utilities, the company’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday. The Marion County mine will be idled until at least March 7, ...

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The oil and gas service industry’s paraffin solution

The oil and gas service industry's paraffin solution. The Flo-Rite Fluids Magnetic Fluid Conditioning systems prevent paraffin and scale buildup before it begins. On the left there is substantial paraffin accumulation. On the right is a pipe treated using the MFC system. (Image courtesy of Flo-Rite Fluids Inc.)

Oil well paraffin and scale control is an ongoing battle associated with tight oil production and is a pervasive issue in the ongoing drama of the American oil fields. The recurring expense of remedial paraffin control treatments is often favored over preventative measures, cutting into producers’ bottom line. But in today’s market climate in which efficiency is critical to survival, ...

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Fund suspended for communities affected by oil development

Due to the oil price and drilling decline, North Dakota communities impacted by oil and gas development will not be receiving financial assistance from the state. (Image: A.G. McQuillan via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A program aimed at helping North Dakota communities deal with the effects of energy development has been suspended due to slumping oil activity. North Dakota’s Board of University and School Lands also voted Thursday to put on hold millions of dollars of projects that have receive grants but work hasn’t started. Trust Lands Commissioner Lance Gaebe (GAY’-bee) says ...

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