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Somalis find new home in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE — While Wyoming might be the only state in the country without an official refugee resettlement program, that doesn’t mean there aren’t former refugees living in the Cowboy State. There are dozens, perhaps even several hundred, former refugees living in the Capital City alone. Many of these people, like Abdirashid Noor, are from the war-torn east African nation of ...

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EU squares up to tough choices without Russian gas

By Barbara Lewis | Reuters BRUSSELS, May 5 – European Union officials hunkered down behind closed doors on Monday to confront the hard choices to be made for the EU to wean itself off Russian gas, even considering more use of polluting coal. Analysts said the debate could be counter-productive as it was likely to stoke divisions over energy policy ...

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Oil and gas spill report for May 5


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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DEP assures Boback troubled Wyoming County gas plant is under close watch

By Jon O’Connell | Civitas Media The state Department of Environmental Protection wants to assure state Rep. Karen Boback it is keeping up on the incident-prone natural gas processing plant in Beaumont. In a letter to Boback dated April 28 and made public by DEP last week, department Secretary Chris Abruzzo updated the Harveys Lake representative on recent events that ...

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Garcia continues to question Black Hills

By Ryan Severance | The Pueblo Chieftain State Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, said the time is now to fight steady rate hikes from Black Hills Energy. “This isn’t only about Pueblo but about what’s going on within the region,” Garcia said. “We think this is the right time, especially given the fact that we collectively have been trying to have ...

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Garcia: Still time to protect ratepayers

By Peter Roper | The Pueblo Chieftain Frustration that consumers seem powerless against steady rate hikes from Black Hills Energy is the seedbed for House Bill 1398, the measure that state Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, introduced last week, despite the fact the General Assembly will adjourn Wednesday. The bill will get its first hearing Monday in the House State, Veterans ...

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Greeley to get new fire training facility with oil and gas safety training

By Sharon Dunn | The Greeley Tribune The Greeley Fire Department is $635,000 closer to getting a new training facility, thanks to a state grant that offsets the impacts of energy development. Greeley fire officials for years have said their current training building, at 23rd Avenue and Reservoir Road, is insufficient and has started to fall apart. The Colorado Department of ...

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Natural gas to power vehicles home

natural gas station

By Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media On Tuesday, April 29, The North Dakota Clean Cities Coalition, in partnership with the American Lung Association, offered a free workshop highlighting the benefits and feasibility of using compressed and liquid natural gas as a fuel source and a cleaner burning alternative to petroleum. Robert Moffitt, Communications Director for the North Dakota Clean ...

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Workover increases Niobrara production 300%

EnerJex Resources, Inc., an independent exploration and production company operating in the Niobrara shale play, reported in an April 22 press release that the completion of working over eight vertical natural gas wells in Northeastern Colorado has resulted in a 300% increase of daily production values. In the past year, these wells had contributed very little to EnerJex’s gross production ...

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