Oil and Gas

12:40pm

Fri July 11, 2014
Energy

Colorado BLM Improves Its Record On High Risk Well Inspections

A well being drilled in Western Colorado in 2009. Two hundred high priority wells on federal land in Garfield County went uninspected between 2009 and 2012.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

About a month ago, the Associated Press broke the news that four in 10 new "high-risk" oil and gas wells on public lands went uninspected from 2009 to 2012.

In Colorado at least, the agency in charge of such inspections says it has been able to improve that record in 2013, following a critical report by the Government Accountability Office [pdf].

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3:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Water

It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water

Aerial view of the new town of Battlement Mesa under construction during the oil shale boom in Garfield County. August 27, 1981.
Elderkin, R.L. Jr. U.S. Geological Survey

Energy development takes water, and in Colorado, water is a precious resource. That is why debate has raged for years over just how much water one type of energy development – oil shale – would use.

Now, environmentalists say they have forced one company, Chevron, to admit that developing oil shale in Western Colorado would use a whole lot of water.

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2:52pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 4:27 pm

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last July.
AFP/Getty Images

A fiery oil train derailment in Canada killed 47 people a year ago, prompting regulators and railroads in the U.S. to make changes. Some who live near where oil trains travel are still worried, though.

Amy Roe with the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club lives not far from where tank cars transport and store crude oil. Roe wishes the country would move away from fossil fuels faster. That plays into her opposition to oil trains, but she's also concerned about safety, especially after the accident that happened last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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6:30am

Thu July 3, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Ahead Of Peers In Charting The Public's Oil And Gas Health Complaints

A drilling operation with a nearby subdivision in the background near Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC

3:31pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Around the Nation

Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:20 pm

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

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