Weld County

6:03am

Fri July 25, 2014
Energy & Water

Oil And Gas Companies Look To Deep Aquifers For Water

Hydraulic fracturing trucks at a well site in Northern Colorado. The process involves pumping water, along with a mix of sand and proprietary chemicals, into a drilled well to aid in the extraction of the resources.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use.

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11:59am

Thu July 3, 2014
Environment

Researchers Link Quakes With Oklahoma Wells, Colorado Study Ongoing

Oilfield waste arrives by truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo., Jan. 2013. No earthquakes are associated with injection at the site in this photograph.
William Ellsworth USGS

Scientists have linked earthquakes in Oklahoma with wastewater injection wells associated with the oil and gas industry, in a new paper published in the journal Science.

Four injection wells with a "high rate" of injection, meaning they accepted a large quantity of barrels of wastewater per month, likely caused 20 percent of earthquakes in that area from 2008-2013, the researchers said.

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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

7:43am

Wed July 2, 2014
Business

Weld County Wages Low For State, But Growing Fast

A drill rig in Northern Colorado
KUNC

Weld County had the largest increase in employment in the country in 2013. But compared to the rest of Front Range, its wages are relatively low.

That difference is quickly changing though, as the impacts of the energy boom continue to trickle through the region's economy.

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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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