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.

Hickenlooper, Jewell agree on Roan Plateau oil and gas accord

RIFLE I Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Friday joined Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to announce a landmark agreement that will help protect the Roan Plateau near Rifle while also encouraging natural gas development.

Guest Editorial: Facts on fracking are ignored; fear is only tool for environmentalists

RBC I Researchers in Colorado just came forward with a shocking claim: hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the decades-old method of using a high-velocity mixture of water, sand and chemicals to blast through rock to release oil and gas deposits, causes birth defects. There’s just one hitch: it isn’t true.

Strategy calls for coordinating efforts to support oil, gas, coal

RBC I Town and county officials, business owners and special district leaders have continued to meet this month to develop a comprehensive strategy in support of the coal, oil and gas industries in the region and country.

Letter to the Editor: CRED: Oil, gas work together for safety

Dear Editor: For more than 60 years the oil and natural gas industries have worked closely with local community leaders to ensure fracking exists safely alongside Colorado’s communities and environment.

Severance taxes released for use by state counties

RBC I Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark Udall welcomed the announcement Thursday by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stating that the Department of the Interior would, in fiscal year 2014, restore mineral leasing revenues to Colorado communities that depend on those funds to help run local governments and schools and […]

Suit filed to stop in-city fracking

A Loveland citizen has filed with the City Clerk’s Office a protest of petitions seeking a ballot measure setting a two-year moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to recover oil and gas within the city limits of Loveland.

NW Colo.’s “deer factory”

RBC I As the comment period closes today on a plan that will determine the administration of more than 1.5 million acres of public lands in western Colorado, more than 500 hunters and anglers in the last week alone have requested a management approach that better conserves valuable big-game habitat while allowing some development of […]

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 […]