Category Archives: Environment

Content related to environmental concerns regarding the Niobrara Play

Land-use hearings can frustrate residents, but officials have multiple factors to consider

Catherine Sweeney – The Tribune – August 6, 2016 Rockpick’s Take: Excellent article on how to present your concerns to commissioners on land use decisions For the past few years, residents such as Maydean Worley have stormed out of Greeley and … Continue reading

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Drilling setbacks carry big price tag for Colorado economy

By ALDO SVALDI – Denver Post – July 14, 2016 Colorado could forego 54,000 jobs and $7.1 billion in economic activity over the next 5 years if voters approve a ballot measure to prevent drilling for oil and gas within 2,500 … Continue reading

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EPA Issues Final Methane Standards for New Oil and Gas Sources

Engineering360 News Desk, May, 23, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards designed to reduce methane, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and toxic air emissions from new, modified and reconstructed sources in the oil and natural gas industry. … Continue reading

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Ballot proposal would ban oil & gas production from 90% of Colorado, says report

Denver Business Journal – May 27, 2016 A proposed ballot measure, No. 78, that calls for a mandatory 2,500-foot buffer zone around oil and gas operations, would, if approved by voters, effectively choke off oil and gas development across about … Continue reading

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil, gas

BY DAN ELLIOTT – Associated Press – The Wichita Eagle – April 1, 2016 DENVER – Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the … Continue reading

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USGS studies suggest that fracking is only rarely the cause of felt earthquakes

March 28, 2016, JESSICA FITZPATRICK (JKFITZPATRICK@USGS.GOV) AND MARK PETERSEN (MPETERSEN@USGS.GOV)  For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards. This is also … Continue reading

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Greeley charges impact fees on oil and gas development

Linda Kane – Energy Pipeline – February 22, 2016 For the first time in Greeley, local oil and gas companies are paying for their industry’s impact to the city infrastructure. The city of Greeley last year implemented development fees for oil … Continue reading

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Next goal: Reclaim unused well pads

By Dennis Webb Friday, The Daily Sentinel – January 1, 2016 When falling prices caused natural gas development to start dropping off in places like western Colorado after peaking in 2008, in some cases it ended up in companies doing … Continue reading

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