Letter to the Editor: Enefit oil project may benefit Rangely—local help needed

Dear Editor: On May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting at the Rangely Recreation Center on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a utility corridor from Bonanza to Enefit America Oil’s property on Rabbit Mountain.

A Look at the West: With oil, gas down, where are the critics?

RBC I Just a few short years ago, the shrillest environmentalist voices targeted oil companies’ “obscene” profits. Today, American energy producers are swallowing big losses. Yet rather than celebrating, those same environmentalists have gone silent.

Letter to the Editor: Oil, gas partnerships with Rio Blanco County appreciated

Dear Editor: Times are tough for the natural gas business in Northwest Colorado. But tough times don’t diminish the appreciation our association has for partnerships in Rio Blanco County.

BLM proposes emissions rules; regulations may aid gas and oil

RBC I On Jan. 22, as “Snowzilla” was about to hit Washington D.C. and much of the East Coast, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced much-anticipated rules on emissions from oil and gas production on Bureau of Land Management-administered leases.

Residents can report oil, gas health issues

RBC I Colorado has been something of a pioneer in terms of tracking health risks related to oil and gas production. In 2010, it was the “first in the nation to perform a detailed study” known as a “health impact assessment” on proposed natural gas development.

One Person’s Opinion: Hillary Clinton likely to charge new fees when it comes to fossil fuels extraction

RBC I During her official launch speech, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tossed out a big clue about the direction she would take the country’s climate change policy. If elected, she vowed, she would seek to make the United States a “clean energy superpower” and pay for the transition in part with “additional fees and […]

A Look at the News: Supply and demand: Drilling down, driving gasoline prices up

RBC I There’s an adage in the oil and gas industry, one that could apply to almost any commodity, really: “The best cure for high prices is high prices, and the best cure for low prices is low prices.” That is: High prices lead to more drilling, leading to greater production and, thus, greater supply.

Trans-Pacific Partnership could kick off new boom

RBC I Rifle, Colo., a quintessential Western energy boomtown, has fallen on hard times. High natural gas prices spurred a drilling boom in the surrounding Piceance Basin in the early 2000s. Then, in 2008, prices crashed due to an oversupply of natural gas in the North American market, and Rifle slumped into a bust from […]

Commissioners suspend local impact fees

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that temporarily suspends impact fees for all development permits issued from Monday through Feb. 8, 2016.

Another View: Oil boom hasn’t busted, but our falling oil prices can’t be ignored

RBC I It was just last month that I asked, in this magazine (High Country News), whether falling oil prices would kill the shale revolution. At the time, a “low” price for oil was $80 per barrel, which was more than 30 percent lower than the summer high.

Guest Editorial: Opinions differ widely on the future of natural gas in country

RBC I The wide-scale deployment of hydraulic fracturing, the technique of blasting water and chemicals into the ground to release trapped hydrocarbons, has, over the last decade, vaulted the U.S. into the position of leading natural gas producer in the world.

Final EIS sets rules for oil, gas exploration in White River Nat’l Forest

RBC I White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced on Tuesday the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing on the Forest.