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Regulator: Colorado has 2,000 oil, gas wells per inspector

GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado’s top oil and gas regulator says the state has about 2,000 active wells for every inspector and would need to add one inspector a year to keep up with recent trends. Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore provided the statistics Thursday to a state task force looking at how the industry is regulated. Lepore ...

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You won’t believe this story of survival

A family of three shockingly was able to walk away unharmed after their car was pinned and dragged under a fuel tanker for 200 yards. The accident occurred Tuesday, December 30th on a stretch of road near Parley’s Canyon in Utah. First responders say they are shocked that there were no injuries and that the incident could have been much ...

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Groups plan to sue to protect rare desert flowers

DENVER — Seven conservation groups are planning to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for keeping two rare species of desert flowers off the federal list of endangered species. The Center for Biological Diversity says the groups filed a formal notice of intent Tuesday to sue over the status of White River and Graham’s beardtongues. Environmentalists have been trying ...

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Colorado county may sue over Gunnison grouse

GUNNISON, Colo. — A western Colorado county has taken the first step toward suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species. Officials in Gunnison County, in the heart of the bird’s habitat, said Monday they filed a notice of intent to sue, arguing the listing wasn’t necessary. About 5,000 Gunnison grouse ...

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Which states created the most jobs in 2014?


Nearly every state added jobs in 2014, and 14 states experienced an employment increase of 2 percent or more, according to a Stateline analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday. Boosted by an oil and gas boom, North Dakota’s jobs total grew by 4.8 percent between December 2013 and November of this year, the largest increase of any ...

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The little company that could in the Covenant Field


Virtus Oil & Gas is planning to drill a well on acreage in an underexplored region in Utah that potentially holds over 260 million barrels of oil. The small but ambitious Houston-based oil and gas exploration company has high hopes for its Parowan Project. The 55,477-acre plot resides in the heart of Utah’s oil-rich Overthrust region in Iron County. According ...

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Study: Utah could manage federally controlled land

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah could afford to manage more than 30 million acres of public land within its borders if the state somehow took control of the property from federal agencies, according to a state report released Monday. The 800-page economic study shows it would cost Utah nearly $300 million to take over the land, but Utah could pay ...

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Plan to process oil shale in Uinta Basin protested

Road in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY— An environmental group is challenging a British energy company’s plans to process oil shale in the Uinta Basin. Living Rivers of Moab has filed a protest of TomCo Energy’s permit with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. The group says it’s concerned because the company’s plans involve an unproven technology to superheat eastern Utah’s oil ...

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Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection

DENVER — Federal wildlife officials have granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird’s habitat in Colorado and Utah. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday the bird is a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “We believe the best ...

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