Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Study Shows No Evidence of Groundwater Contamination from Hydraulic Fracturing

Environmental Protection – Feb 17th 2012 Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released by the Energy Institute at The University of … Continue reading

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Carroll: Bill would imperil bonanza for Colorado

By Vincent Carroll – Denver Post Columnist The Colorado State Land Board is set to approve a deal with ConocoPhillips next month that would boost state coffers by $137 million — and that’s just for starters. The company would also … Continue reading

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SB 12-088 dies in commitee – more Oil and Gas related bills are coming up

  Senate Bill 12-088 was killed (postponed indefinitely) in committee on Thursday February 16th, 2012. The bill, sponsored by Senator  Ted Harvey – R  representing Colorado State Senate District 30 which includes: Northern Douglas County (Roxborough Park, Highlands Ranch, Lone … Continue reading

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CO Senate Bill 12-088 Seeks to Strip Cities and Counties of all Regulatory Authority on Oil and Gas Development

Senate Bill 12-088 is scheduled to come before Colorado Senate Local Government Committee on Thursday, February 16th. The bill, co-sponsored by Douglas County Senator Ted Harvey (R-Douglas County), would block attempts by counties or municipalities to impose regulations on oil … Continue reading

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ConocoPhillips Accelerates Niobrara Exploration Plans

ConocoPhillips has accelerated its exploration program in the Niobrara with its petition to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for 15 new spacing units in Arapahoe County.  The drilling and spacing unit request will be decided by the COGCC … Continue reading

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Colorado legislators reject bills to temper impact of oil, gas drilling

By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – 02/07/2012 Two initiatives to temper the impacts of oil and gas drilling in Colorado — requiring a 1,000-foot setback from homes and limiting the use of open fluid pits — were rejected … Continue reading

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Measure to require oil and gas drilling setbacks dies

Cathy Proctor – Reporter – Denver Business Journal – Feb 6, 2012 A bill requiring oil and gas wells to be drilled at least 1,000 feet from nearby schools or homes in Colorado died Monday when the state House Judiciary … Continue reading

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Colorado land board delays OK of $137M ConocoPhillips lease at Lowry over lawsuit

Cathy Proctor -Reporter – Denver Business Journal – Feb 3, 2012 The Colorado State Land Board    decided Friday to postpone a vote on awarding ConocoPhillips a contract to access oil and gas mineral rights under the Lowry range east … Continue reading

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