17 Colorado homebuilders push for oil, gas local-control compromise

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post - July 3, 2014

In the battle to strike a compromise on local control of oil and gas drilling, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday picked up the support of 17 homebuilders and developers.

Hickenlooper is trying to broker a consensus bill to block a set of local control initiatives from getting on the November ballot.

The ballot measures are being backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, who has said he is open to a compromise. Continue reading “17 Colorado homebuilders push for oil, gas local-control compromise” »

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Anti-Fracking Win in N.Y. Court May Deal Blow to Industry

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration - Idealized

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration – Idealized

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By Chris Dolmetsch, Freeman Klopott and Jim Efstathiou Jr.  – Bloomberg NewsJun 30, 2014

New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to lift a six-year-old statewide moratorium.

The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local challenges to fracking in other states and convince the industry to stay out of New York even if Cuomo allows drilling.Pennsylvania’s highest court issued a similar ruling last year, striking down portions of a state law limiting localities’ ability to regulate drillers.

“This sends a really strong and clear message to the gas companies who have tried to buy their way into the state that these community concerns have to be addressed,” Katherine Nadeau, policy director for Environmental Advocates of New York, an anti-fracking group, said in a phone interview. “This will empower more communities nationwide.”

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Colorado Supreme Court rejects challenges to Polis-backed oil & gas measures

DJ Basin Oil Drilling Rig - Image Credit - Encana Inc.

DJ Basin Oil Drilling Rig – Image Credit – Encana Inc.

Cathy Proctor and Ed SealoverDenver Business Journal - June, 30, 2014

The Colorado Supreme Court Monday blocked challenges to six ballot proposals backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis concerning local regulation of oil and gas operations.

The ruling means the campaign backing the measures can move forward with collecting signatures to put some of them before voters this fall.

The court dismissed challenges to six ballot proposals: No. 85, 86, 87, 89, 90 and 93. Continue reading “Colorado Supreme Court rejects challenges to Polis-backed oil & gas measures” »

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PDC Energy Zeros In On The Codell

pdc-energy-inc-logoIt has long been known that the Niobrara Play in the Denver Julesburg (DJ) basin is a stacked play.  By definition a stacked play is a play with multiple pay horizons (petroleum producing geologic formations or units) which may be accessed by drilling.  While the Niobrara formation with at least 3 productive units, the A, B, and C horizons, has been the main focus of the play to date, the DJ  basin has other “zones” with potential equal to that of the Niobrara.

PDC Niobrara and Codell Horizontal Results

PDC Niobrara and Codell Horizontal Results

Early on in the development of the DJ basin the Codell formation was recognized as a good producer of oil from the traditional vertical wells in the basin whose main target was the Dakota formation’s D and J sands. Codell production was typically commingled with Dakota and Niobrara production in these vertical wells.  At the GHS 100 Energy Conference on June 25th, 2014, PDC Energy presented information that indicates the company views the Codell formation to have an equal or greater potential for oil production than the Niobrara. Continue reading “PDC Energy Zeros In On The Codell” »

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Hick: Chances of special session on oil, gas compromise less than 50%

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

By Aldo Svaldi - The Denver Post - June 27, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday pegged the chances of a special session to pass a compromise bill providing local governments more control over oil and gas drilling at less than half.

And those odds weren’t helped after a group of 19 oil and gas producers, including some of the country’s largest, sent the governor a letter Friday stating they wouldn’t support compromise legislation. Continue reading “Hick: Chances of special session on oil, gas compromise less than 50%” »

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Big oil throws “strong support” to Hick’s local-control compromise

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

By Mark Jaffe - The Denver Post – June 26, 2014

Four more oil and gas companies on Thursday threw their support to the Hickenlooper administration’s proposed compromise legislation on local control of oil and gas drilling.

The two largest Front Range drillers, based on 2013 production, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc., both based in Texas, already backed Gov. John Hickenlooper’s efforts.

Among those adding their support in a letter for a draft bill released June 23 are Denver-based PDC Energy, the fourth largest Front Range operator, and Tulsa, Okla.-based WPX Energy, the largest Western Slope driller.

There are, however, limits to the support.

“WPX Energy’s support is only for the exact wording of this specific proposal at this time, unchanged,” WPX spokesman Jeff Kirtland said in an e-mail.

Also signing the letter were Great Western Oil and Gas Co. and K.P Kaufman Co., both based in Denver.

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Group launches commercials opposing Polis-backed oil and gas measures

Colorado Governor Roy Romer 39th Governor of Colorado - Picture Credit - Colorado Governors Association

Colorado Governor Roy Romer 39th Governor of Colorado – Picture Credit – Colorado Governors Association

 - Reporter-Denver Business Journal – June 23, 2014

The prelude is over, and now it’s game on for the ballot fight over fracking and local control of oil and gas operations in Colorado.

Monday, an issue committee that’s received millions of dollars from oil and gas companies — Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence — launched two television ads carrying its message of bipartisan support for oil and gas development in Colorado.

The group — Protect Colorado for short — is campaigning against ballot proposals backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, that seek to tighten regulations on the oil and gas industry. That campaign last week started to collect the more than 86,000 signatures the proposals need to be placed on the fall ballot.

One Protect Colorado ad features two former Colorado governors: Republican Gov. Bill Owens and Democratic Gov. Roy Romer.

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Signature drive for local control oil and gas initiatives start in Colorado

Horizontal Drilling Rig in Weld County Colorado - Credit Niobrara News

Horizontal Drilling Rig in Weld County Colorado – Credit Niobrara News

By Mark Jaffe - The Denver Post – 6/18/2014

The drive for signatures to put two initiatives bolstering local control of oil and gas drilling on the November ballot began Wednesday even as negotiations to find a legislative compromise continue.

About 60 canvassers spread out in the Denver area to collect signatures on two ballot initiatives.

“They are up against the wall in terms of time,” said Eric Sondermann, an independent political consultant. “To meet the Aug. 4 deadline, they had to go.” Continue reading “Signature drive for local control oil and gas initiatives start in Colorado” »

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