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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

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DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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Governor picks boss for Colorado natural resources agency

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DENVER (AP) — The former deputy director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has been named director. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday that Bob Randall steps into the top job immediately. Randall has been interim director since February 2016, when Mike King resigned to become planning director for Denver Water, the state’s largest municipal utility. Randall was deputy director ...

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UW offering scholarships for laid off coal workers

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science has created a new scholarship fund for displaced coal workers after hundreds of Wyoming coal miners were laid off in recent months. Ten scholarships at $1,500 apiece for one academic year are being offered. The scholarship is a one-time award, but it can be applied for ...

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Colorado’s new, higher oil and gas fines are biting industry


DENVER (AP) — Colorado is imposing heftier fines on energy companies as the state struggles to resolve conflicts between growing cities and big oilfields at their doorstep, an Associated Press analysis shows. Regulators say the tougher penalties for breaking health, safety and environmental rules are prompting energy companies to be more careful. Others say it’s too early to call them ...

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Colorado governor’s book raises Clinton veep speculation

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shows off his socks--one with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the other with Republican candidate Donald Trump--before entering his former brewpub for a book signing event to mark the release of his autobiography Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Denver. Hickenlooper, who is term-limited, is doing book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn’t been approached by Clinton’s camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has ...

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Beer, marijuana, oil taxes on final list for Colorado lawmakers

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DENVER (AP) — Gas and grass are some of the remaining to-do items waiting for Colorado lawmakers when they meet Wednesday for the last time this year. They’ve also got to agree on a bill allowing full-strength beer in more grocery stores. Colorado’s Democratic House and Republican Senate are close to agreement on one of the priciest bills of the ...

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Colorado bracing to repay millions in energy taxes

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado will have to cough up hundreds of millions in tax refunds to energy companies over the next couple years. And state lawmakers have until Wednesday to figure out how to pay the tab. A bill moving through the Legislature calls for an estimated $115 million in refunds to oil and gas companies. The money will be ...

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Colorado’s battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot

Colorado's battle over regulating fracking shifts to ballot

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s battle over who should regulate fracking — and how much — now shifts to the November election after the state Supreme Court overturned attempts by local governments to impose their own rules. The court ruled Monday that a ban on fracking in Longmont and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins are invalid because they conflict with ...

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Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

Hydraulic fracturing rule in hands of federal judge in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The future of federal rules aimed at protecting land, water and wildlife from energy-production practices including hydraulic fracturing now rests with a judge in Wyoming. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last year blocked implementation of rules drafted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He acted in response to a legal challenge from the states of ...

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