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USGS: Colorado 100 times more prone to severe earthquakes

A recent report from U.S. Geological Survey looks to oil and gas wastewater injection as the source of heightened seismic activity throughout 17 states, including Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. According to the Denver Business Journal, the USGS evaluated records of earthquake data from 2000 to 2009, ultimately estimating that earthquakes with a magnitude of three are 100 times more ...

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Oil, gas driller settles to $73 million in pollution case

DENVER — Major oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to pay more than $73 million in a settlement with state and federal regulators over Front Range air-pollution violations. The Denver Post reports that the company’s tank batteries were emitting thousands of tons of chemicals a year, contributing to the region’s ozone pollution problem. The Houston-based energy mammoth has ...

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Weld unemployment rate drops slightly in March


The Weld County unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.2 percent in March, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment in its monthly look at the numbers. Throughout the year, Weld has seen job growth. In March 2014, the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, or Weld County, saw an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent; 142,858 people were employed in March ...

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Colorado State Patrol, CDOT roll out traffic safety initiatives this weekend

The Colorado State Patrol announced it will step up enforcement this weekend with another round of its “zero tolerance, zero fatalities” initiative. The statewide campaign begins Friday at 6 p.m. and runs through midnight on Monday. Motorists can expect to see more state troopers on Colorado highways targeting drivers who pose a danger to themselves and others through dangerous driving ...

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CU regents to discuss divesting from fossil fuels

DENVER  — The University of Colorado’s governing Board of Regents could vote Thursday on whether to stop investing in coal, oil and gas. The regents are expected to discuss a proposal from a student-led group called Fossil Free CU. Getting the university to exclude fossil fuels from its $2.7 billion investment pool would be a big symbolic victory. Colorado is ...

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State attorney to investigate NOGCC

Did Nebraska’s newly-appointed Oil and Gas Conservation Commission violate open meetings laws? The State’s attorney William Austin is trying to find out. According to the Lincoln Star Journal, environmentalist groups Bold Nebraska and the Nebraska Sierra Club filed a complaint last week regarding the commission’s March 24 meeting. The complaint outlined 10 points alleging the commission’s violations. Commission Director Bill ...

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Oil and gas spill report for April 10


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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Report finds minimal O&G violations in Colorado

An investigation aimed at revealing withheld oil and gas violations had the opposite effect for Colorado, The Denver Post reports. According to the report, Natural Resources Defense Council and FracTracker Alliance poised the investigation to find out “what information about oil and gas company violations is publicly available, how accessible it is and whether it provides an adequate understanding of ...

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