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Judge to consider request to suspend federal oil, gas rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New rules for hydraulic fracturing and other petroleum industry practices on federal land are headed before a judge in Wyoming. Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers. The rules are set to take effect Wednesday. Colorado, North ...

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Amid coal fight, Western Slope power company seals wind deal

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CRAIG, Colo.  — A utility cooperative that is fighting to preserve a supply source for a coal-fired power plant in Craig has announced a 25-year contract for obtaining additional wind energy in eastern Colorado while it awaits a decision from a federal judge on coal mining. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will buy the entire 76-megawatt output of Iberdrola Renewables’ ...

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Oil, gas spill reports for June 15

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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New stats point to best job growth in Colorado Springs in nine years

If anticipated revisions to job-growth numbers in the Colorado Springs area hold up, city boosters may soon be getting out the party hats and popping Champagne corks. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, released Wednesday, local employment is growing at its fastest rate in nearly nine years. Specifically, local payrolls grew by 3 ...

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Oil, gas slowdown may explain slight increase in Weld County unemployment rate, slowdown in Greeley tax revenues

Colorado’s oil and gas slowdown may be starting to chip away at regional employment numbers and tax revenues, according to state and local reports released this week. But now is probably a better time than many to weather a downturn, said Alexandra Hall, chief economist with the state Department of Labor and Employment, in a conference call with journalists Wednesday. ...

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Editorial: Gov. John Hickenlooper right to push back on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s call to ignore new coal rules

Gov. John Hickenlooper is right to push back on a request from Sen. Mitch McConnell that states defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules have become a target for McConnell and other Republicans now that the GOP controls the U.S. Senate as well as the House. The rules, which aren’t yet final, ...

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Utility companies challenge “NIMBY” attitudes

No one wants clunky, unsightly industrial machinery in their back yard. Few people are willing to function without electricity either. Unfortunately, without substations every few miles, electricity can’t reliably travel to far-reaching customers. Community Radio for Northern Colorado dubbed this conflict of wants and needs a NIMBY—“Not In My Back Yard”—problem in a recent report on a dispute between Thornton, ...

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Colorado commits to transparency this month

With two major accomplishments for Colorado’s oil and gas data tracking, May acts as somewhat of a milestone for both environmentalists and the energy industry within the state, Breaking Energy reports. On the same day that state-run FracFocus launched its chemical disclosure database of about 100,000 wells throughout the state, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued their service ...

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Wyoming: hotspot for Chinese investments

In a recent study from the Rhodium Group and National Committee on US-China Relations, China appears to be pouring significant commercial investment into the United States—a stark contrast in roles for both countries since the 1980s. Chinese firms spent nearly $46 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI), which the study says bolsters the U.S. “growth, employment, competitiveness, and innovation.” As ...

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