Oil and Gas

3:42pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Environment

Colorado Springs Enacts Drilling Moratorium

city of Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs city council has unanimously passed an emergency ordinance banning oil and gas drilling while officials review whether existing laws need to be tightened to protect groundwater and other resources.

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5:29am

Thu December 1, 2011
Business Report

Oil and Gas Boom Takes Toll on Colorado's Rural Roads

Weld County and many of its communities are enjoying a windfall thanks to the oil-and-gas boom over the last couple years. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Jeff Nuttall, publisher of the Northern Colorado Business Report, about some of the impacts from the boom.

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4:00am

Thu December 1, 2011
Business

Oil Boom Creates Opportunities, Consternation Along Colorado's Front Range

Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the site of one of the country’s next big oil booms as new technologies surrounding hydraulic fracturing are allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale.  Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the Niobrara formation that extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska is thought to hold more than a billion barrels of oil.  The only trouble is much of the land atop it is home to one of the country’s fastest growing regions. 

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5:42pm

Mon November 14, 2011
Business

Anadarko Planning Major Expansion in Colorado

A drill rig near Longmont, Colo.
KUNC file photo

A Texas-based oil and gas company says it's planning a major expansion of its existing drilling operations in northeastern Colorado. 

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2:00pm

Sun September 25, 2011
Energy

New Boom Reshapes Oil World, Rocks North Dakota

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 9:57 am

Ben Shaw hangs from an oil derrick outside Williston, ND, in July 2011. Williston's mayor, Ward Koeser, estimates that the town has between 2,000 and 3,000 job openings for oil workers.
Gregory Bull AP

A couple months ago, Jake Featheringill and his wife got robbed.

It wasn't serious. No one was home at the time, and no one got hurt. But for Featheringill, it was just the latest in a string of bad luck.

"We made a decision," he says. "We decided to pick up and move in about three days. Packed all our stuff up in storage. Drove 24 straight hours on I-29, and made it to Williston with no place to live."

That's Williston, ND. Population — until just a few years ago — 12,000. Jake was born there, but moved away when he was a kid. He hadn't been back since.

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