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PUC reform bill dies in Senate

Forget broadening the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to five members — that bill died a quick political death in a Senate committee without even any testimony Monday. “It happened fast on a straight (3-2) party line vote,” state Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, who was on the losing side when House Bill 1319 got snuffed in the Senate State Affairs Committee. ...

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Colorado earthquakes: we’ve seen this before

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey deemed Colorado and 16 other states to be 100 times more prone to earthquakes than other states. That same study affirmed years’ worth of speculation that the quakes resulted from oil and gas wastewater injection after a 3.2 magnitude earthquake shook the area surrounding Greeley last year. But Colorado’s man-made quakes didn’t start ...

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Workers hurt in oil facility explosion in stable condition

CHEYENNE, Wyo.—  Two workers are in stable condition after sustaining injuries in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the two Susquehanna Services employees were in stable condition Monday after sustaining burns on 29 percent and 20 percent of their bodies, respectively. The names of the two men were not disclosed. ...

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Overheard at DUG Bakken-Niobrara conference in Denver

Every year, Hart Energy puts on the DUG Bakken-Niobrara conference in downtown Denver, where industry officials talk about economics, production and innovation in the Bakken region in North Dakota and the Niobrara region in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. The conference, held March 31-April 2 at the Colorado Convention Center, focused this year on companies finding ways to continue innovation and operation ...

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Mountain Pact: Coal mining effects our environment, economy

Western mountain communities in Colorado and neighboring states want financial reparations from energy companies to help offset the environmental and economic damages they believe is caused by fuel mining, particularly coal mining. This week, mountain community advocacy group Mountain Pact will write to federal and state officials demanding changes in their method of coal royalty collection, The Denver Post reports. ...

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Commodities slump tests Montana’s largest mining company

NYE, Mont. — More than 1,500 feet underground beneath the jagged peaks of the Beartooth Mountains, the man in charge of the only platinum and palladium mines in the U.S. is digging in against the worldwide slump in commodities. As global prices have fallen in recent months for goods ranging from gold and copper to oil and coal, Stillwater Mining ...

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2 accused of stealing more than $300K worth of drill bits

GREELEY, Colo. — Two men have been arrested in connection with the theft of more than $300,000 worth of drill bits from an oil and gas site near Milliken. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Miguel Moreno, of LaSalle; and 23-year-old Kyle Hunt, of Johnstown, have been charged with felony theft. Investigators recovered six of seven drill bits reported ...

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Wyoming-to-California lines for wind power clear hurdle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A planned 730-mile power line project to export Wyoming wind power to southern California has passed a significant regulatory milestone with the release of a federal environmental study. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened a 30-day period in which it will accept any protests against land-use changes for the TransWest Express project in the ...

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2 injured in Wyoming oil facility explosion, fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two workers are injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County. The blast happened just before noon Friday at the Chesapeake Energy facility about four miles north of Douglas. Rob Black with the state Department of Workforce Services says two contractors with Susquehanna Services were pumping fluid out of containers at the ...

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