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West seeks to reduce dependence on Russian energy

By Frances D’Emilio | Associated Press The Group of Seven industrialized powers and the European Union have resolved to cooperate to keep Russian President Vladimir Putin from using oil and gas supplies as a weapon in the increasingly violent Ukrainian crisis, an official said Tuesday. Britain’s energy secretary, Ed Davey, said a two-day meeting in Rome found participants agreed to ...

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Critics target Boulder’s municipalization spending

By Erica Meltzer | The Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo. How many solar panels could have been installed on Boulder rooftops for the millions the city has spend exploring municipalization? That’s the question critics of a potential Boulder electric utility are hammering. It’s one that proponents of the utility say misses the point. In a 16-minute video posted on YouTube, Boulder ...

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Mexico cites major interest in oil reform, including from China

PARIS (Reuters) – The Mexican government’s opening of its oil and gas industry is attracting major interest from investors worldwide, including companies from China and Singapore, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday. After passing a reform in December to end a 75-year oil and gas monopoly held by state oil producer Pemex, President Enrique Pena Nieto last week sent ...

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Economists back increased US oil and gas exports

NEW YORK (AP) — Whether to allow more exports of U.S. oil and natural gas has become a matter of political debate in Washington. But to economists, the answer is clear: The nation would benefit. The vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Associated Press say lifting restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas would help the ...

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Effort to grant Colorado communities more local control on oil and gas dies

By Kurtis Lee | The Denver Post An effort to grant communities a measure of control over oil and gas operations has failed to produce an agreement this legislative session, meaning about a dozen November ballot initiatives that would give Colorado towns and counties far more power over drilling will likely proceed. “Addressing Colorado citizens’ concerns about the impacts of ...

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Q&A about drilling and traffic deaths

The nation’s oil and natural gas boom has taken an unexpected toll in traffic fatalities in states with intense drilling activity. Some key questions and answers: Q: What’s to blame for the spike in traffic deaths? A: The sudden influx of trucks used for drilling and other traffic running through communities that have not had time to prepare for it. ...

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Somalis find new home in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE — While Wyoming might be the only state in the country without an official refugee resettlement program, that doesn’t mean there aren’t former refugees living in the Cowboy State. There are dozens, perhaps even several hundred, former refugees living in the Capital City alone. Many of these people, like Abdirashid Noor, are from the war-torn east African nation of ...

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EU squares up to tough choices without Russian gas

By Barbara Lewis | Reuters BRUSSELS, May 5 – European Union officials hunkered down behind closed doors on Monday to confront the hard choices to be made for the EU to wean itself off Russian gas, even considering more use of polluting coal. Analysts said the debate could be counter-productive as it was likely to stoke divisions over energy policy ...

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Oil and gas spill report for May 5

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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DEP assures Boback troubled Wyoming County gas plant is under close watch

By Jon O’Connell | Civitas Media The state Department of Environmental Protection wants to assure state Rep. Karen Boback it is keeping up on the incident-prone natural gas processing plant in Beaumont. In a letter to Boback dated April 28 and made public by DEP last week, department Secretary Chris Abruzzo updated the Harveys Lake representative on recent events that ...

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