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Amid lawsuit, further delay of federal land drilling rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New rules for oil and gas drilling on federal lands nationwide will be delayed from August until September at the soonest amid a legal challenge that seeks to prevent them from taking effect at all. Environmental groups failed to persuade a judge to allow the rules to take effect while the federal government takes more time to ...

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Oil, gas spill reports for July 20

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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New CNG station to enter welcoming market

Work on Greeley’s newest planned compressed natural gas fueling station is continuing, and it looks like a good time to do it. As officials across the state and county push for more alternative fuel usage, especially compressed natural gas, Ward Energy is adding its fourth CNG station in Weld County. It will be the largest CNG fueling station in the ...

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Utility Black Hills Corp. acquires SourceGas for $1.2B

OMAHA, Neb. — Regional utility Black Hills Corp. is buying natural gas provider SourceGas, which serves 425,000 customers in Nebraska, Arkansas, Colorado and Wyoming, for roughly $1.2 billion. Black Hills is buying control of SourceGas from investment funds Alinda Capital Partners and GE Energy Financial. As part of the deal, Black Hills is also assuming $720 million of debt and ...

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Low oil and gas prices show up in Wyoming economy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s economy is showing signs of the drop in oil and gas prices, according to a new report by the state’s Economic Analysis Division. But the same report notes that those counties that don’t rely as heavily on the energy industry remained fairly stable, seeing modest year-over-year growth for the quarter. The report written by state economist ...

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Ballot fight over fracking could be shaping up in Colorado

DENVER — Environmentalists and the energy industry have fought decisive battles over fracking in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, but the outcome is unclear in Colorado, where the issue could go to a ballot fight in the 2016 election. A task force convened by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper tried to find a compromise over who should regulate the industry — ...

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Editorial: Activists should target Big Marijuana

Some see it as a blessing, others a curse. Either way, environmental activists are vigilant in Colorado Springs and up and down the Front Range. Big Marijuana should be in their sites. The most dedicated environmentalists take to the streets to protest fracking, opposing more production of natural gas and oil. They ask consumers to use less energy. They advocate ...

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Cheyenne Bishop: ‘We can’t check our morality at the door

The month following the release of Pope Francis’ controversial encyclical addressing climate change presented a moral challenge for Catholics in fossil-fuel reliant Wyoming. In an Inside Energy interview, Cheyenne Catholic Bishop Paul Etienne explained what the Holy Father’s call to action will mean for the largest U.S. coal producer. “I’ve already begun to receive questions from Catholics within the state ...

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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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