Tag Archives: oil and gas

Millions May Be Returned To NW Colorado

Senator Michael Bennet sent a letter to Interior secretary Ryan Zinke this week, asking that millions of dollars in unpaid royalties be returned to Northwest Colorado. At issue is $76 million in natural gas drilling royalties which were being held for clean up and restoration of the Naval Oil Shale Reserve. However, according to the letter, the Interior department certified that in 2008, the money was no longer needed for this purpose. Bennet believes the money has been owed to the Continue reading

Bill Looks To Give Oil And Gas Control To States

Wyoming U.S. Representative Liz Cheney has co-sponsored a bill which would give control of oil and gas development on federal lands to the states. The Federal Land Freedom Act would allow states to demonstrate they have the enforcement and regulatory infrastructure to oversee oil and gas permitting on federal land. Proponents of the bill Continue reading

New Oil & Gas Wells Better Protect Water Supply

A study from the University of Colorado shows older vertical oil and gas wells have a higher probability of causing groundwater contamination, than newer horizontal wells. The study looked at the frequency of well integrity issues in the Wattenberg Field in central Colorado. Results showed the majority of Continue reading

Wyoming Coal Tax Rate Unchanged

The bill that would have lowered the severance tax rate that coal producers pay in Wyoming was shot down in a legislative committee last week. The bill would have dropped the state’s severance tax rate on coal from 7 to 6%. Those who Continue reading

Wyoming Coal Royalties Going Down?

Wyoming is considering dropping the royalty rates paid by coal companies, to bring them in line with those paid by the oil and gas industry. A bill introduced in the State’s House of Representatives this week, would reduce the severance Continue reading

Elected Officials Respond To Cancellation Of Oil & Gas Leases

oil-and-gas-drilling-300An announcement was made earlier this week that Secretary of the interior Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, have agreed to cancel 25 oil and gas leases on the Roan Plateau on the Thompson Divide, located in the White River National Forest. The news of the Continue reading

Oil & Gas Group Sues BLM Over Venting And Flaring Rule

oil-and-gas-industry-300A group, representing energy producers in the US, is suing the Bureau of Land Management over their new rule, regulating venting and flaring on oil and natural gas operations, occurring on federal or tribal lands. The suit, filed in a US District court in Wyoming, claims that the rule exceeds the BLM’s authority, creates duplicate regulations, and conflicts with requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency. The group argues that the authority to Continue reading

Clarification On Sage Grouse Conservation

sage_grouse-300In an effort To provide further clarification on their land use plan for the conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse habitat, the Bureau of Land Management released a series of what they call Instructional Memorandums.  The memorandums provide details on how the implementation of the plan will affect oil Continue reading

Hickenlooper Still Wants To Talk Fracking

frackingColorado Governor John Hickenlooper says he’s hearing the message loud and clear from anti-fracking supporters.  Despite two proposals not receiving enough signatures to Continue reading

New Limits On Oil And Gas Development?

Co-Oil-Gas-300It’s possible that voters in Colorado may see issues concerning oil and gas development on the ballot this November. Supporters of two Initiatives turned in their petitions to the Secretary of Sate yesterday. Both initiatives seek to stop or limit oil and gas development in the state by amending the Colorado constitution. Initiative 75 would move Continue reading

NW Colorado Produced 81% Of States Coal In April

coalplugNorthwest Colorado produced over 80% of the states coal in April according to recent numbers released by the Yampa Valley Data Partners. However, the numbers are slightly misleading as annual production for 2016 is 23 to 44 percent behind the totals Continue reading

New EPA Standards For O&G Producers

US-EPA-logoThe Environmental Protection Agency issued federal standards yesterday that will limit methane restrictions for the oil and natural gas industry. These standards are the latest in the Obama administrations efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. The regulations will Continue reading