Oil and Gas

5:30am

Wed June 25, 2014
Oil and Gas

COGCC's Lepore: No 'Causative Determination' Yet On Second Greeley Quake

One of the seismometers placed by a team from the University of Colorado following a quake at the end of May. The network detected a 2.6 magnitude event June 23, prompting regulators to halt activity at a nearby injection well.
Jim Hill KUNC

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ordered a 20 day halt to wastewater injection at a well near the Greeley/Weld County airport. The order follows a second earthquake in the Greeley area, a 2.6 magnitude event June 23.

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2:49pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Environment

Injection Well Halted By COGCC As Greeley Quakes Again

Jenny Nakai, a seismologist and doctoral student and Matthew Weingarten, a hydrogeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Colorado align, level and bury a seismometer outside of Gill, Colo., June 4, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

8:13am

Tue June 24, 2014
Oil and Gas

Latest Oil Spill In Poudre Raises Questions About Sites Near Rivers

As seen from the Poudre Trail, the tanks at the well site, and site of the spill, at the end of Weld County Road 23, June 24, 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

After a Noble Energy storage tank that spilled 178 barrels -- about 7,500 gallons -- of oil into the Poudre River was discovered June 20, questions arose about how vulnerable some oil and gas facilities are to flood damage.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has estimated [.pdf] that "more than 5,900 oil and gas wells lie within 500 feet of a Colorado waterway that is substantial enough to be named."

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5:00am

Mon June 23, 2014
Oil and Gas

As The Energy Boom Goes Urban, Wyoming Now Faces Many Of Colorado’s Challenges

Laramie County well locations and permit applications, May 2014.
Laramie County Planning Department

Oil and gas booms can seem remote, it’s not like they happen in your backyard.

Unless they do – take Laramie County, Wyoming, where a surge in well permitting threatens to bring drilling closer to a large number of homes. Although Wyoming has a long history with oil and gas, it’s almost always been in rural areas. A boom in Laramie County would change that and some say the state is ill-prepared to deal with the issues that arise when communities bump up against drilling.

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8:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected

A drilling operation near Frederick, Colo., August, 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had just 17 inspectors to examine over 47,000 active wells.

Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.

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