Obstructing XL pipeline might come back and bite environmentalists

RBC I Climate activist Bill McKibben recently patted the environmental movement on the back for obstructing the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil sands from Alberta, Canada (along with U.S. supply) to the Gulf.

Local oil, gas amendment released

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management on Friday released its Proposed Oil and Gas Amendment  to the White River Field Office Resource Management Plan, which will help guide oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin for the next 20 years.

Letter to the Editor: County planning for oil and gas future

Dear Editor: The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association counts Rio Blanco County among the most business and industry friendly places in Colorado. This fact is important because recent discoveries of natural gas in the Niabrara and Mancos Shales, on top of the already well known robust energy reserves in Rio Blanco County, means […]

Letter to the Editor: Regarding oil, gas spills in Colorado

Dear Editor: The recent article in the Rio Blanco Herald Times about oil and gas spills in Colorado provides limited data from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and does not provide an accurate context around how much is actually spilled.

There were 712 oil and gas spills throughout Colorado during 2014

DENVER I Spills from oil and gas operations in Colorado reached 712 last year, according to the 2014 Toxic Release Tracker issued Thursday by the Center for Western Priorities (CWP). The new data reveal that oil and gas companies were responsible for two spills every day in the state, together releasing more than 1 million […]

BLM nixes 17 of 19 leases on Roan Plateau

DENVER I As part of a landmark settlement agreement announced in November, the Bureau of Land Management last week canceled 17 of the 19 leases on top of the Roan Plateau near Rifle.

State’s oil and gas commission stiffens penalties for violations

RBC I The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved rule and policy changes that significantly increase penalties for operators violating commission regulations.

Letter to the Editor: Area power plants endangered

Dear Editor: Are you ready to live in a ghost town? It’s going to happen if the government and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) get their way.

Severance tax dollars an issue

Johnnie Barton, left, a field technician at the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center in Meeker, shows a piece of equipment at the center to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, center, while Callie Hendrickson, executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts, looks on.

RBC I Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson raised the issue of unequal distribution of state severance tax funds with U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Friday, during Tipton’s visit to the Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center. Tipton also visited with the commissioners regarding regional policy issues.

Setback exceptions are the rule

RBC I After weeks of testimony and discussion, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) gave preliminary approval on Jan. 9 to a broad set of new rules on oil and gas drilling that will do little to ease the concerns of hundreds of thousands of families living near drilling operations. In preparation for […]



Brad McCloud of Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale (ECCOS) spoke at January’s Community Networking meeting in Rangely. McCloud discussed the world economy’s dependence on oil and the viability of oil shale as a resource in coming decades.

RBC commissioners attend oil, gas banquet

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners Shawn Bolton, Ken Parsons and Kai Turner attended the seventh annual Energy Forum and Expo and West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s (WSCOGA) annual banquet last Friday at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction.