BLM approves pipeline

RBC I Construction is expected to begin this year on a 95-mile natural gas liquids pipeline in western Colorado and eastern Utah that was approved by the Bureau of Land Management.

BLM leases to test heat extraction

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved two new Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) leases to encourage industry to develop and test technologies aimed at developing oil shale resources on a commercial scale.

BLM plan paves way for largest oil, gas development

MEEKER I The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) for the White River region that could allow for an unprecedented level of oil and gas development in the Piceance Basin region near Meeker.

BLM proposes plan to guide oil, gas development

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the draft White River Resource Management Plan Oil and Gas Amendment, which will help guide oil and gas development in northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin during the next 20 years.

Proposed land swap discussed

MEEKER I A proposed land swap between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and XTO Energy will be the topic of a public presentation hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker on Tuesday, June 19, from 7-8 p.m. in the Meeker Service Center at 73485 Hwy. 64.

Williams hosts open house

RBC — Northwest Pipeline GP (Northwest), one of the Williams Companies, currently owns and operates an interstate natural gas pipeline which crosses portions of Rio Blanco County. The pipeline provides natural gas service to several states throughout the west including markets in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Bolton appointed chairman

RBC I Shawn Bolton was elected chairman of the Rio Blanco County Board of County Commissioners at its first meeting of 2012 and said he is “looking forward to this year.”

Williams divides into two corporations

RBC I Williams has completed the process of separating the company’s businesses into two stand-alone, publicly traded corporations.

Letter to the Editor: County regulations not helpful

Dear Editor: It is disconcerting that counties like Arapahoe, Elbert, Douglas and El Paso are trying to pass county-specific regulations for oil and gas.

Letter to the Editor: Obama obsessed with oil company taxes

Dear Editor: On Fortune magazine’s recent list of the most profitable companies in 2010, Exxon’s profit as a percent of revenues was 8.6 percent. By sharp contrast, Coca-Cola’s was 34 percent. Google’s was 29 percent.

RBC streamlines process

RBC I “We’ve been working on this process for more than a year,” Rio Blanco County commissioner chairman Kai Turner said of the resolution to streamline the permitting process for drilling well pads.

BLM to hold public oil meetings

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) White River Field Office (WRFO) will host two public open houses for the second round of Oil Shale Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D) leases.