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Tallgrass lifts force majeure on REX Wyoming compressor station

Tallgrass Energy Partners LP on Monday lifted a force majeure on the Wamsutter echo springs compressor station of its Rockies Express (REX) natural gas pipeline. The company declared the force majeure on the compressor station in Wyoming on April 19. However, the company will perform maintenance on one of the units at the compressor station from Monday to Friday, during ...

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Oil, gas spill reports for July 6

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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Editorial: COGA should take long view

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association may be right on the legalities as it tries to force Broomfield to surrender or spend taxpayer money to defend a five-year fracking moratorium approved by voters in 2013, but it’s wrong on the public relations. For one thing, COGA doesn’t need another fracking case winding its way slowly through the state legal system. ...

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CU-Boulder study isolates fracking contaminants, eyes their mobility

A University of Colorado study looking at the toxicity, mobility, persistence and frequency of occurrence for hundreds of organic compounds deployed in hydraulic fracturing indicated that 15 could be of concern as potential groundwater contaminants. CU professor Joseph Ryan, principal investigator on the project funded through a $12 million grant from National Science Foundation, drew on data obtained from more ...

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Judge orders Colorado oilman to pay $16.8M in legal fees

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge in Wyoming says a Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them. Jack Grynberg received national attention when he filed scores of lawsuits against natural gas and pipeline companies around the West in the late 1990s. The courts in 2006 rejected ...

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Oil, gas spill reports for June 28

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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Commissioners move injection well proposal forward

RIFLE, Colo. — A company is closer to putting an injection well online with approval from commissioners in a northwest Colorado county. The Rifle Citizen Telegram reports Garfield County commissioners gave the go-ahead on Monday to a land use application from Ursa Resources Group. The company has a well drilled about 1.5 miles from Battlement Mesa, a residential community between ...

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Study links quakes with injection wells

A study links the increase in earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States to fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development. The study, by the University of Colorado-Boulder and the U.S. Geological Survey, includes earthquakes observed in the Trinidad area in 2011. The largest earthquake in the Trinidad area was recorded as 5.3-magnitude on Aug. 22, 2011, ...

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Oil, gas slowdown may explain slight increase in Weld County unemployment rate, slowdown in Greeley tax revenues

Colorado’s oil and gas slowdown may be starting to chip away at regional employment numbers and tax revenues, according to state and local reports released this week. But now is probably a better time than many to weather a downturn, said Alexandra Hall, chief economist with the state Department of Labor and Employment, in a conference call with journalists Wednesday. ...

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