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New Colorado oil, gas rules could affect very few sites

DENVER — New rules intended to ease tensions over oil and gas drilling near Colorado communities might have only limited impact, affecting as few as 1 percent of future sites, an analysis by state regulators shows. The two proposed rules would give local governments a consulting role when energy companies want to put big facilities near homes, schools and businesses. ...

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Oil and gas spill report for Nov. 15

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 that 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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Some Wyoming community colleges brace for bust

CASPER, Wyo. — Some of Wyoming’s seven community colleges are looking for ways to save money in anticipation of lower state aid and local tax revenue. “I think they are all cautiously aware that their local revenue will almost certainly decline, and there is a very good chance that state revenue will as well,” Matt Petri, deputy director and chief ...

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State considers regulations to reduce oil well emissions

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming regulators are looking at ways to reduce oil well emissions and update the state’s oil and gas regulations. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require companies to submit as part of their drilling permits plans to capture natural gas that is flared off from ...

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Democrats propose mining fees to help pay for cleanups

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Thursday proposed new fees for mines on federal land to help pay for cleaning up sites such as Colorado’s inactive Gold King Mine, where 3 million gallons of wastewater spilled into rivers that run through three states. Separately, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said it was broadening its investigation of ...

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Hickenlooper tests AG’s power to sue federal government

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule that he, not the state’s attorney general, has the final say on whether to sue the federal government. Hickenlooper’s petition comes after he complained that Attorney General Cynthia Coffman should not have joined about two dozen other states in suing the Environmental Protection Agency over new ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Nov. 2

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 that 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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Wyoming banks in better position to weather oil price drop

CASPER, Wyo. — When oil prices collapsed in the 1980s, many Wyoming banks followed suit. Twenty Cowboy State banks closed their doors between 1980 and 1994. Seven failed in 1986 alone, the year crude prices lost half their value. Oil prices are plunging again, but local executives say Wyoming’s banks are better positioned to withstand the current downturn. Few of ...

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Anadarko cuts spending in Colorado’s Wattenberg Field

GREELEY, Colo. — Anadarko Petroleum has cut its spending in Colorado’s Wattenberg Field by about half since the beginning of the year because of the slump in the oil and gas industry. The Texas-based company reported a $2.2 billion loss for the third quarter on Wednesday. The Greeley Tribune reports that its spending in the Wattenberg Field went from $574 ...

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