Oil and Gas

9:09am

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session

Governor Hickenlooper speaking in December, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.

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5:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
Energy

Colorado Keeps A Wary Eye As Crude Oil By Rail Shipments Rise

Workers in the midst of clean-up efforts at the site of a train derailment and crude oil spill located south of Greeley, Colo., May 12, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

From 2012 to 2013, the transport of crude oil by major freight railroads spiked, increasing nearly 75 percent according to the American Association of Railroads. Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall 2013 traffic, there’s growing public concern about spills and other hazards.

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6:30am

Wed June 11, 2014
Energy & Politics

Colorado At The Epicenter Of A Political Fracking Fight

Screencap of an ad by the industry-funded group Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development.
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Colorado is quickly becoming ground zero for a political war over the future of hydraulic fracturing. Political spending both for and against potential anti-fracking ballot measures is already washing over the state.

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7:12am

Tue June 10, 2014

In Colorado, 'The Politics Of Fracking Have Yet To Be Tested'

Lead in text: 
Governor Hickenlooper's office has announced a compromise bill has been reached to head off a local control fight over fracking at the ballot. No special session as been called for it yet and there remain doubts it will come to fruition. The New York Times looks at the debate fracking has taken on in the state.
Source: Nytimes · Via: Grace Hood on Twitter
An impassioned national debate over the oil-production technique known as fracking is edging toward the ballot box in Colorado, opening an election-year rift between moderate, energy-friendly Democrats and environmentalists who want to rein in drilling or give local communities the power to outlaw it altogether.

2:09pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Oil and Gas

Crude Oil Rail Routes Won't Be Made Public

Tankers in a railroad yard in Wisconsin, pictured June 2013.
Randen Pederson Flickr - Creative Commons

The railroad industry is taking steps to avoid public disclosure of crude oil shipment routes, reports The Associated Press. The companies were ordered in May by the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin notifying rail yards and emergency responders when large shipments of Bakken crude were rolling through their communities.

Those disclosures are due to begin June 7. The companies have to reveal route details and the amount of oil carried in shipments of 35 or more tank cars.

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