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County digs into mining

Pueblo County has spent the past six months refining a set of formal regulations for companies applying for mining permits here. The county Planning and Zoning Commission is tentatively scheduled to hear a set of regulations for mineral extraction in Pueblo at its April meeting and the board of county commissioners could see them by May. But the issue has ...

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Refining oil, gas rules underway

There’s been no interest in Pueblo County by oil or natural gas companies for a long while, but the county’s planning department is putting together a separate list of regulations for wells just the same. Joan Armstrong, director of planning for Pueblo County, said her staff is still drafting potential regulations for oil and gas drilling in Pueblo County. But the last ...

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Wyoming grouse conservation could preserve area for birds

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new system announced Wednesday to conserve habitat for the greater sage grouse will start by making 86 square miles of Wyoming ranchland available for preservation through arrangements with oil and gas companies and others who, in exchange, want to develop the birds’ habitat elsewhere in the state. Eventually the sage grouse conservation bank announced Wednesday in ...

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WSGS wants to hear from you

Do you have fresh ideas for improving Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Map? Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) wants to hear them. WSGS collected information for the current version in 2012, illustrating data such as geologic features, facility locations, production boundaries and abandoned oil fields. Since then, Wyoming’s oil and gas landscape has seen significant changes after a tempestuous year of ...

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Agreement struck in Brighton

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

After two years, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and the oil and gas industry came to an agreement on amendments to Brighton’s decade-old oil and gas rules. Before the changes, the city’s land use and safety regulations failed to meet current COGCC standards, according to The Denver Post. Matt Sura, a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and ...

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Drake power plant fully operational

Ten months after a fire ripped through Martin Drake Power Plant, Colorado Springs Utilities announced on Monday that the plant is fully operational after $20 million of repair work. Lubricating oil dripping on hot steam pipes ignited the fire on May 5, 2014 — the blaze heavily damaged three boilers in the plant, shutting down all operations for more than ...

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Wyoming sage grouse conservation bank system announced

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new way to protect sage grouse, called a conservation bank, will allow energy developers and others to offset their use of the birds’ habitat by arranging for it to be protected and in some cases improved elsewhere in the state. Under the system to be formally announced Wednesday in Cheyenne, anybody wanting to develop sage grouse ...

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More bids sought for plugging Wyoming coal-bed methane wells

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is about to solicit another round of bids to plug and clean up abandoned coal-bed methane wells, with an eye toward that work picking up once the weather warms up. “We’ve identified what we want to do this year as far as packages geographically. We put a list of wells together, ...

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Vestas needs 400 more employees at Windsor plant

Strings of oil and gas job cuts might make fossil fuel employees antsy, but Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems plans to add 400 employees to the workforce at its Windsor factory. BizWest reports that the company will hire 300 employees and 100 temporary workers for production. To find new hirees, Vestas invites qualified applicants to bring their resume ...

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