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Fremont unemployment nears 1,300

Wyoming’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hasn’t seen much of a change in the past month—a 0.1 percent bump from February to March. While that change is neither great nor devastating, County 10 reports that Fremont County may have reason for concern. The county’s 6.2 percent unemployment rate ranks as the highest in the state this past month, with 1,295 people ...

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Nebraska wastewater well wins approval despite opposition

LINCOLN, Neb.— State regulators have approved a controversial disposal well in northwest Nebraska for wastewater generated by oil and natural gas production. The Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 2-0 on Wednesday in favor of the project, proposed by Colorado-based Terex Energy Corp. The company wants to truck in salty groundwater and chemical-laden fracking wastewater from oil operations in ...

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Oil, gas driller settles to $73 million in pollution case

DENVER — Major oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to pay more than $73 million in a settlement with state and federal regulators over Front Range air-pollution violations. The Denver Post reports that the company’s tank batteries were emitting thousands of tons of chemicals a year, contributing to the region’s ozone pollution problem. The Houston-based energy mammoth has ...

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Weld unemployment rate drops slightly in March

The Weld County unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.2 percent in March, according to the state Department of Labor and Employment in its monthly look at the numbers. Throughout the year, Weld has seen job growth. In March 2014, the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, or Weld County, saw an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent; 142,858 people were employed in March ...

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BBB recognizes local companies in annual Torch Awards

Six northern Colorado businesses were honored for their workplace safety records, and three received 2015 Torch Awards for business ethics, from the Better Business Bureau of Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming at its annual ceremony Tuesday in Loveland. Centennial Ag Supply Co. and Warkentin Electric, both of Greeley, were the Weld County recipients of the safety award; the other business ...

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Wyoming unemployment rate increases to 4.1 percent in March

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming’s unemployment rate has increased slightly to 4.1 percent. The March jobless rate is up from February’s 4.0 percent but is still lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent. The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says job losses in the oil and gas industry contributed to the increase in unemployment. The largest unemployment rate increases among counties ...

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Oil, gas drill bits recovered from drill site in central Weld

Six of seven oil and gas drill bits reported stolen from a drill site last week have been recovered, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office reported late Monday night. The Weld Sheriff’s Office Strike Team, which was formed last year to address theft in rural areas, recovered the missing drill bits along with three others that had yet to be reported ...

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Groups to environment agency: Start taking email comments

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two groups on Monday asked Wyoming’s state environmental regulatory agency to begin accepting comments from the public by email, not just by fax or postal mail, as part of the process of considering rule changes or whether to issue permits. The Powder River Basin Resource Council landowners group and the Citizens United for Responsible Energy Development filed ...

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Weld County sees more oilfield theft

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Between pricey equipment and the valuable fuel it churns up, oilfield are home to millions—if not billions—of dollars in assets. Like anything of value, the machinery is prone to theft. According to the Greeley Tribune, more than $250,000 disappeared from a Weld County rig last week. Along with machinery, laptops containing valuable data are a common target of theft, which ...

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