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Colorado officials planning for new carbon pollution rules

DENVER — Colorado officials say they’re planning for an expected EPA rule next month that could require a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions nationwide by 2030. Colorado Air Pollution Control Division director Will Allison said a number of options are being considered, including improving insulation at existing coal plants, shifting generation to natural-gas combined plants, more renewable energy and ...

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Study: New Mexico enjoys some of the lowest energy costs


The state of New Mexico has been a top-ranking contender on numerous lists: first in methane emissions, second in exports and now some of the cheapest power in the U.S., the Albuquerque Business Journal reports. According to a study from personal finance website WalletHub, New Mexicans enjoy the third-cheapest electricity costs in the country, averaging around $87 per month. New ...

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May wettest month ever recorded in U.S.

May was the wettest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. May saw an average rainfall of 4.36 inches across the nation, some 1.45 inches above normal and not only the wettest May on record but also the wettest month in 121 years of record keeping. For the meteorological spring season ...

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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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Documentary ‘Fracking Stories’ screened at Cameo

A collection of short documentaries describing the dangers of hydraulic fracturing was screened Saturday in downtown Fayetteville. The true stories were told by residents in states where oil and natural gas are being extracted from deep below the earth through a controversial process commonly referred to as “fracking.” In one Colorado community, parents said their children developed asthma and allergies ...

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Consumer prices slow with O&G in the west

Despite a slow but steady oil price recovery for Colorado, the growth recently came to a halt, and with it, consumer prices. According to the Denver Business Journal, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 0.3 percent jump in the federal consumer price index (CPI) in western states for the month of April. This gain is notably smaller than ...

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US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 3 to 885

HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 659 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,857 rigs were active. Among major oil- ...

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Vanguard Natural Resources to acquire Eagle Rock Energy


HOUSTON — Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. The agreement was announced Thursday by the Houston-based companies. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The agreement requires approval of the boards of both companies. Vanguard ...

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Another state joins BLM lawsuit

A multi-state lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently gained a new appendage: Utah. According to Oil and Gas 360, Governor Gary Herbert announced his state’s move to join Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming in a suit challenging new Bureau’s new regulations on fracking federal lands, which he posited oversteps federal authority and undermines states’ power. “I believe ...

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