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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

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DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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Governor picks boss for Colorado natural resources agency

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DENVER (AP) — The former deputy director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has been named director. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday that Bob Randall steps into the top job immediately. Randall has been interim director since February 2016, when Mike King resigned to become planning director for Denver Water, the state’s largest municipal utility. Randall was deputy director ...

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Colorado editorial roundup

The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel April 5, on gun safety Despondent people and guns are a poor mix. Unfortunately, stating this obvious fact makes some people nervous that suicide-prevention efforts could be co-opted to advance a gun-control agenda. So we applaud the brave gun shop owners in western Colorado who are willing to put those fears aside and acknowledge a ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

DENVER (AP) — A bill enabling Coloradans to sue oil and gas drilling firms whose fracking operations damage property or harm people has advanced in the Democrat-led state House. Specifically, the bill would hold energy companies liable if their operations cause damaging earthquakes. The bill says plaintiffs could sue without having to prove that a drilling operation directly caused an ...

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Denver-based Whiting Petroleum sees second employee charged with racketeering, fraud

idea of punishment for financial fraud, an employee of Whiting petroleum was recently charged with racketing and fraud charges

A former Whiting Petroleum Corp. employee was arrested last month in North Dakota on suspicion of violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. James Bennett, 52, who was employed by Whiting as a construction supervisor, is charged in Weld District Court with one count of fraud against the Colorado Department of Revenue, one count of theft and seven counts of ...

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Northern Colorado water officials pleased with Colorado Water Plan

After years of preparation, the Colorado Water Plan was released on Thursday, and local water officials are pleased. The plan lays out the state’s water policy goals: more conservation and more storage. Instead of legislating, the plan is designed to get leaders at all levels on the same page about Colorado’s water future. “Everybody’s happy today,” said Northern Water Spokesman ...

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Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

HELENA, Mont. — Democratic governors are being squeezed by the mandate in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions — perhaps none more than Montana’s Steve Bullock, the one governor in a coal-producing state who faces re-election next year. The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock’s back as he tries to avoid the fate of ...

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