Energy

12:24pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Business

Xcel Opens New Gas Pipeline To Ready For The Shift From Coal

The natural gas pipeline is the largest project completed by the company in 20 years. The line travels through parts of Adams and Weld counties, and through Brighton, Commerce City and Fort Lupton, Colo.
Credit Mark Stutz / Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy just cranked open a new, 34-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

The $110 million underground pipeline crosses under the South Platte River, nine canals and three major roadways as it makes its way from Fort Lupton in Weld County to Xcel’s Cherokee Power plant near Commerce City.

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5:00am

Tue October 14, 2014
Ask About Energy

A Visual Guide To The Oil And Gas Trucks On Colorado's Roads

Vibroseis Trucks can be a common site in areas as companies try to locate energy deposits.
BLM Nevada Flickr - Creative Commons

Oil and gas development east of I-25 requires thousands of truck trips every day along Eastern Colorado's major and not-so-major thoroughfares. Some of these conveyances have an obvious appearance and connection to the boom. Think tanker trucks transporting oil away from the well pad. Others are strangely unusual, resembling a monster truck on steroids or a ride fit for a lunar colony.

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5:00am

Mon October 13, 2014
Energy U

Energy Boom Squeezes Educator Ranks In Colorado, Wyoming

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Enrollment in petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and at similar programs around the country, has risen dramatically in the last five years in response to the nation's energy boom. Students are flooding into these programs to cash in on high-paying industry jobs.

Conveniently for the students, there are plenty of these jobs to go around. It has not been as convenient though for many educators.

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6:13am

Thu October 9, 2014
Energy

Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:23 pm

There’s a huge, mostly invisible web of pipelines crisscrossing the country that make it possible for our stoves to light and our cars to turn on. Those pipelines run from oil and gas producing regions to refineries and processing plants, crossing miles of private property along the way. The people whose land they cross don’t often benefit, but a new strategy may help.

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5:00am

Fri October 3, 2014
Oil Trains

Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

Oil trains idle near a neighborhood in Fargo, North Dakota.
Emily Guerin Inside Energy

Oil trains are one of the clearest connections between the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and regular Americans. In 2008, no oil left North Dakota by train. Now, over 700,000 barrels a day do. The trains run next to homes and through downtowns from Oregon to Virginia. And when they derail and explode, the consequences can be deadly. So, cities with oil train traffic have been preparing for the worst.

In Minnesota, where nearly 70 percent of North Dakota's oil passes through, lawmakers are strengthening rail safety rules by beefing up inspections, requiring railroads to help train local emergency responders and submit disaster prevention plans.

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