Oil and Gas

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  • BLM releases draft EIS for White River National Forest oil & gas leases
  • BLM recommends cancelling 17 oil & gas leases on Roan Plateau
  • DMEA hosts energy efficiency forum in Hotchkiss

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  • More snow forecasted for Western Slope
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  • Local control over oil and gas development considered

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  • Suspicious device at Telluride gas station deemed safe
  • CSU study finds no evidence of dangerous oil, gas contaminants in water
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It's getting harder to see the stars in North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and it's due to flares, drilling rigs and all the lights from the Bakken oilfield.

Since 2010, scientists with the National Park Service have measured a 500 percent increase in the amount of anthropogenic light there — no other national park in America has seen such a rapid increase in light pollution.

Kent Friesen is standing in a dark field in the North Dakota Badlands, peering into a huge telescope.

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That's because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it's often not enough.

After the methane industry collapse, there were almost 4,000 wells in Wyoming that the company responsible walked away from. Now, the state has to pay the price.

  • Police sting leads to arrests for child prostitution
  • Second theft causes construction delays
  • Parks and Wildlife brings information to local libraries
  • Chicken lawsuit highlights problems with lack of zoning laws
  • New rules for oil and gas considered
  • Major break cuts off water service in Paonia

  • Chicken farms in Delta County get the greenlight
  • Montrose School District approves $80K for repairs
  • HopeWest hosts open house for new Montrose facility
  • Oil and gas industry responding to threat of worker lung disease

  • Hickenlooper appoints replacement for Mesa County DA
  • Montrose fast-­tracks new city dispatch center
  • State commission to study use of American Indian mascots in schools
  • Some Colorado towns look to rein in oil and gas ahead of state rules

  • EPA releases rules for ozone levels
  • Palisade opens new bike park
  • States stuck with abandoned gas wells

  • Bowie announces further layoffs at mine near Paonia
  • City of Delta Police Chief resigns
  • Halliburton ordered to pay $18 Million in back wages
  • Lt. Governor, state officials promote literacy on Colorado tour

The U.S. Department of Interior decided Tuesday that the greater sage grouse does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bird spans 11 western states including Colorado, where it lives in pockets along the western slope, but is mostly concentrated in the northwest part of the state.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was one of the many people working to avoid a federal listing for the bird. While the sage grouse decision is a win for the governor, a few other initiatives – and longtime battles in Colorado – still need his attention.

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  • Montrose chiropractor seriously injured in collision
  • Mesa County DA resigns, takes federal position
  • CDOT says Bustang successful so far, but may expand in 2016
  • Oil and gas fatalities up in 2014
  • Colorado legislature continues to wrangle over rain barrels

Oil drilling on Colorado's populous Front Range has forced more interactions between communities and the energy industry – and that's caused tension. At the recent annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit, one of the discussions centered on how to improve relations between the industry and the public.

It's an ongoing issue that the state will tackle in a new rule making hearing.

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  • Delta considers allowing OHV use on roads
  • Paonia River Park to become ADA compliant
  • Discussions continue for oil and gas industry on how to communicate

  • Wildfires in Colorado are coming under control
  • New data shows record number of suicides for Colorado
  • State regulators urged to finalizes oil and gas recommendations
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  • FBI investigation into Grand Junction Airport fraud is dropped
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans to raise premium rates by a third
  • A look at the best lightshow in the sky, the Perseid Meteor Shower
  • State agency says Animas River is improving
  • Business groups fight against new EPA air regulations
  • Study finds natural gas development drastically cuts into mule deer habitat

  • Mountain Biker Dies While Competing In Crested Butte Leg of Enduro World Series 
  • After Accident On Popular OHV Road San Miguel Sheriff Calls For Closure To Vehicles
  • Grand Junction Man Arrested In Toddler’s Death
  • Comment Period For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset Ends
  • Forest Service Tries To Cope With Beetle Kill, Aspen Decline

Dan Haley spent 20 years as a journalist and editor, the bulk of which was with The Denver Post. He then joined the private sector as a media consultant. Now though, Haley has taken on a new role – as the executive director of the state's largest oil and gas industry trade group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.


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  • Issues Continue With Evaporation Pit In Mesa County
  • Comment Period Extended For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset


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  • Lightning Suspected Cause Of Two Deaths In Aspen Backcountry
  • Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Ouray Officers
  • Gas Pipeline Proposed For Public Lands In Mesa County
  • Grand Junction Wants Direct Flights To West Coast, L.A
  • Palisade To Get Bike Skills Park
  • City Of Montrose Tries Diagonal Parking Experiment


  • Delta Commissioners Support Protecting Some North Fork Lands From Oil & Gas Development
  • City Of Montrose Could Create Its Own Regional Dispatch Center
  • Grand Junction Fire Marshal Wants Charges In July Fourth Brush Fire
  • Troop Reductions Spare Much of Fort Carson
  • Colorado Entrepreneur Works To Build A Better Bike Helmet

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.


  • Boy Scouts stranded on snowy mountain trail
  • Health officials concerned over possible mosquito surge
  • Montrose County School District struggles with budget
  • More oil and gas wells planned for Mesa County
  • North Fork residents travel to D.C. to weigh in on Thompson Divide lease swap

There's a serious problem in the American economy: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade — down 9 percent, according to census data.

"That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our ultimate vitality as a nation."

It's been a month since Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their 2015 legislative session at the state capitol, but the work is far from over. Many of the bills that failed this year will likely be back next session and some long-standing issues may already be poised to go before voters in 2016.

Energy development is always a hot topic at the statehouse, but 2015 was oddly quiet. Even with recommendations from a task force studying the issue, state lawmakers did little this past session where oil and gas drilling is concerned. As a result, some of the more long-standing issues as local control and public health concerns are still simmering.

Several counties across the Western Slope have supported the Thompson Divide lease swap.  Delta County was one of the last holdouts, but they made their decision on Monday.

As a result of Colorado's booming oil production, energy companies are paying more in severance taxes – money they pay the state for taking minerals out of the ground. Half of it is supposed to go to back to local communities, both directly and through grants. But thanks to market forces – and political conditions in Denver – it's not always a stable source of funding.

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.


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  • Colorado gets first ever aerial firefighting research center
  • Controversial driver’s license program receives compromise funding
  • Ridgway elections canceled
  • Head of Colorado Oil and Gas Commission steps down
  • Town Hall meeting scheduled for Saturday