Company will map, GPS oil and gas wells

MEEKER — Visual Lease Services has been contracted by Rio Blanco County to GPS and map all oil and gas wells, compressor stations, gas plants, pipelines and lease roads in the county.

Williams OK’d for new Piceance Basin pipeline

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RBC — Willliams announced Monday it received approval to construct a new pipeline that will connect the Meeker/White River hub, a regional production area hub, with an existing mainline system south of Rangely. Williams anticipates starting construction on the project in May.

Western Colo. rig count down 71 percent

RBC (AP) — New figures show the natural gas rig count in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin has taken a bigger percentage drop than in Utah’s Uinta Basin and the entire state of Wyoming. Carter Mathies of Arista Midstream Services, a Golden-based energy services company, told The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction that the Piceance rig […]

Moon Lake manager expresses concern about proposed cap-and-trade system

RANGELY — Expensive. That’s the one word Grant Earl uses to describe a proposal by President Barack Obama to impose a cap-and-trade system on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Williams also challenging county tax

RBC — ExxonMobil isn’t alone in challenging Rio Blanco County’s application of the use tax. At a meeting last month, County Attorney Kent Borchard told commissioners the Williams Companies had also appealed its use tax. “Everyone that is objecting is objecting for the same reasons as ExxonMobil,” Borchard said last week. “They are trying to […]

County gets day in court

Colorado Supreme Court accepts petition against ExxonMobil RBC — As has been his habit every Monday morning, Malcolm Murray, the attorney representing Rio Blanco County in its dispute with ExxonMobil, logged on to the Colorado Supreme Court Web site, to see what new cases the court had accepted.

Here’s Rio Blanco County … by the numbers

County Assessor Renae Neilson knows her numbers. Speaking at an meeting last month of Rio Blanco County Democrats, Neilson, who, by the way, is a Republican, recited figures mostly off the top of her head, with very few notes.

In for the long haul: Williams about to drill 3,000th gas well in Piceance Basin

RBC — Williams will continue to be an active player in the Piceance Basin, but not at the same level it has been in the past few years.

Rifle prison gets reprieve from governor

RBC — Northwest Colorado, with concerns about the slowdown in oil and gas activity, received some good economic news last week with the announcement the Rifle Correctional Center would remain open.

No way to cope with COPD; stop smoking

Tammie Freitag has two words for smokers. “Stop smoking,” she said. “Put it in bold, stop smoking, please.”

Record number of drilling permits in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved 2,888 drilling permits in Garfield County in 2008, highest in the state and the most-ever approved in Garfield County.

Environmentalists file oil shale lawsuits

RBC — Thirteen environmental groups Friday filed two lawsuits