Energy

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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4:57pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Nixes Special Session, Oil And Gas Battle Moves To The Ballot

Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper said there weren't enough stakeholders on board for a bipartisan solution.

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5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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