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 […]

COGCC approves measures to limit drilling impacts

RBC I The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has preliminarily approved comprehensive new rules to limit the impact of drilling near residences and other occupied buildings. The set of rules are more rigorous than any in the country.

COGCC approves protections

RBC I The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation has approved pioneering new groundwater protection rules considered among the strongest in the country. The new regulations mark another innovative step in Colorado’s pacesetting regulation of this important industry.

Fire destroys Rangely oilfield supply business

The building housing The Patch Supplies, an oilfield supply company started by Rangely resident Laura Hennerman in 2011, burned to the ground New Year’s Day. Nobody was in the building at the time. “What is already is,” said Hennerman, who doesn’t know whether she’ll start over or move on to something else. “I just want to move forward and trust.”

RANGELY I A Rangely business owner lost her inventory and employment but was left with the remaining loan when a fire burned the building housing The Patch Supplies, an oilfield supply business, on New Year’s Day.

Setbacks on oil, gas hurt economy

RBC I There are many stakeholders with an interest in the distance from a well to a building. Contrary to belief, this is not just a battle between the oil and gas industry and environmental interest. In the many parties impacted, agriculture is one of the most impacted parties at the table with the many […]

Public feedback sought on gas plan

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is asking for the public’s help in shaping the future management of oil and natural gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin, a place rich in both energy and wildlife resources.