Energy

7:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
Energy

Oil Overtakes Ag As North Dakota's Economic Breadwinner

A drill rig outisde of Williston, North Dakota pictured in 2011.
Lindsey Gira Flickr - Creative Commons

Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.

It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.

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6:03am

Fri July 25, 2014
Energy & Water

Oil And Gas Companies Look To Deep Aquifers For Water

Hydraulic fracturing trucks at a well site in Northern Colorado. The process involves pumping water, along with a mix of sand and proprietary chemicals, into a drilled well to aid in the extraction of the resources.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use.

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1:52pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Energy

Colorado Court Invalidates Longmont Fracking Ban

A maze of pipes used for hydraulically fracturing wells, on a well pad near the city of Longmont.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing is invalid.

The city had been sued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state of Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after it passed a measure banning the practice within city limits in November 2012

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9:20am

Tue July 22, 2014
Energy

Study: Shale Energy Greenhouse Emissions About Half That Of Coal

Fracking trucks at a well site in northern Colorado.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Electricity from gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases about half the greenhouse gas emissions as coal, Colorado researchers reported Monday.

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2:52pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Energy

Greeley Injection Well Possibly Linked To Quakes, Regulators Require Changes

Trucks delivering waste water to an injection well in Platteville, Colo. The site pictured is not involved in any current seismic activity.
William Ellsworth USGS

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is requiring operators of a Weld County injection well to alter how wastewater is disposed of in that well, saying they believe the well may be linked to recent earthquakes in the area.

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