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New stats point to best job growth in Colorado Springs in nine years

If anticipated revisions to job-growth numbers in the Colorado Springs area hold up, city boosters may soon be getting out the party hats and popping Champagne corks. According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, released Wednesday, local employment is growing at its fastest rate in nearly nine years. Specifically, local payrolls grew by 3 ...

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Utility companies challenge “NIMBY” attitudes

No one wants clunky, unsightly industrial machinery in their back yard. Few people are willing to function without electricity either. Unfortunately, without substations every few miles, electricity can’t reliably travel to far-reaching customers. Community Radio for Northern Colorado dubbed this conflict of wants and needs a NIMBY—“Not In My Back Yard”—problem in a recent report on a dispute between Thornton, ...

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Editorial: Gov. John Hickenlooper right to push back on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s call to ignore new coal rules

Gov. John Hickenlooper is right to push back on a request from Sen. Mitch McConnell that states defy new federal pollution controls on coal-burning power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules have become a target for McConnell and other Republicans now that the GOP controls the U.S. Senate as well as the House. The rules, which aren’t yet final, ...

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Colorado commits to transparency this month

With two major accomplishments for Colorado’s oil and gas data tracking, May acts as somewhat of a milestone for both environmentalists and the energy industry within the state, Breaking Energy reports. On the same day that state-run FracFocus launched its chemical disclosure database of about 100,000 wells throughout the state, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission issued their service ...

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Wyoming: hotspot for Chinese investments

In a recent study from the Rhodium Group and National Committee on US-China Relations, China appears to be pouring significant commercial investment into the United States—a stark contrast in roles for both countries since the 1980s. Chinese firms spent nearly $46 billion in foreign direct investments (FDI), which the study says bolsters the U.S. “growth, employment, competitiveness, and innovation.” As ...

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New Census numbers show Casper population exceeding 60,000

CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Casper has exceeded 60,000 in population for the first time in its history thanks largely to active oil drilling in the area, and a state economist says he believes the recent downturn in oil prices won’t cause the large population losses that the city and state experienced in past boom-to-bust cycles. New numbers released last week by the ...

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Industry: Helium plant shouldn’t cause more damage

JACKSON, Wyo. — A company planning to build a gas processing plant in the Wyoming Range says its proposed development shouldn’t cause further degradation to a stream network that no longer supports cutthroat trout. Representatives of the Denver firm QEP Resources are planning a gas processing plant to produce helium, methane and carbon dioxide, along with 10 new gas wells ...

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Oil, gas spill report for May 25

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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Startup receives $250 million

Houston-based startup producer TRP Energy just received a $250 million boost in private equity, FuelFix reports. TRP plans to use the hefty funding to buy land, which they’ll pay other companies to drill. In the midst of a precarious oil market, the TRP will be able to pursue larger-scale endeavors that it could independently developing the acreage. “What we really ...

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Environmental groups monitor new Wyoming fracking rules

CASPER, Wyo. — As Wyoming challenges new federal fracking rules on public lands, state regulators are quietly implementing a state requirement that petroleum companies justify keeping secret the ingredients in the chemical products they pump underground during hydraulic fracturing. The state has approved six applications from companies seeking to keep their ingredients confidential under the terms of a settlement with ...

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