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Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

BOULDER, Colo. — The Daily Camera reports researchers are taking to the air to measure trace gas emissions over production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota, the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming, and the Four Corners area. Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the ...

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Refining oil, gas rules underway

There’s been no interest in Pueblo County by oil or natural gas companies for a long while, but the county’s planning department is putting together a separate list of regulations for wells just the same. Joan Armstrong, director of planning for Pueblo County, said her staff is still drafting potential regulations for oil and gas drilling in Pueblo County. But ...

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Democrats reintroduce ‘Frack Pack’ oil and gas regulations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Four Democratic members of Congress are reintroducing bills to impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on the oil and gas industry. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette’s FRAC Act would require public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. A bill by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis would end exemptions to air pollution rules for the petroleum industry. Rep. Jan ...

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Wyoming grouse conservation could preserve area for birds

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new system announced Wednesday to conserve habitat for the greater sage grouse will start by making 86 square miles of Wyoming ranchland available for preservation through arrangements with oil and gas companies and others who, in exchange, want to develop the birds’ habitat elsewhere in the state. Eventually the sage grouse conservation bank announced Wednesday in ...

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Agreement struck in Brighton

A fracking rig sits in an farmers field in Colorado

After two years, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) and the oil and gas industry came to an agreement on amendments to Brighton’s decade-old oil and gas rules. Before the changes, the city’s land use and safety regulations failed to meet current COGCC standards, according to The Denver Post. Matt Sura, a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and ...

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Drake power plant fully operational

Ten months after a fire ripped through Martin Drake Power Plant, Colorado Springs Utilities announced on Monday that the plant is fully operational after $20 million of repair work. Lubricating oil dripping on hot steam pipes ignited the fire on May 5, 2014 — the blaze heavily damaged three boilers in the plant, shutting down all operations for more than ...

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Wyoming sage grouse conservation bank system announced

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A new way to protect sage grouse, called a conservation bank, will allow energy developers and others to offset their use of the birds’ habitat by arranging for it to be protected and in some cases improved elsewhere in the state. Under the system to be formally announced Wednesday in Cheyenne, anybody wanting to develop sage grouse ...

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Opposition voiced at setback hearing

For months now, proposed fuel operation setbacks—a minimum distance between properties and oil and gas operations— have appeared repeatedly as a hotly-debated topic in Wyoming. A proposal from the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) would boost setbacks from their current required distance of 350 feet to 500 feet, while other interest groups such as the Powder River Basin ...

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