Oil and Gas

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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7:22am

Tue June 17, 2014
Oil and Gas

How Property Law Could Affect The Colorado Frack Ban Debate

File photo. Gov. Hickenlooper has recently been working to drum up support for a compromise bill on local control of oil and gas regulations.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

As Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper weighs whether to call a special legislative session to deal with oil and gas issues, the issue of property rights is on his mind.

The governor has equated some of the recently passed bans and moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing to "…snatching the property of a citizen. Just taking it without due compensation."

While in some cases the courts could interpret fracking bans as taking away private property, getting to the point where a ban is ruled a taking of private property would be time consuming and costly, experts say.

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5:00am

Tue June 17, 2014
Ask About Energy

Why Is There A Large Burning Flare At A Well Site?

A well operated by Synergy Resources Corporation, flaring in the early morning, June 13, 2014. The well site is on County Road 26 on the south side of Union Reservoir, outside of Longmont, Colo.
Jim Hill KUNC

As the oil and gas boom in Northern Colorado brings more development closer to the urban core, sights that are common on the plains or in rural development areas like North Dakota’s Bakken may come as a surprise.

For example, a large pillar of fire burning at an oil and gas well site.

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