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.

County imposes spring road load restrictions

RBC — The Rio Blanco County Road and Bridge Department will impose its annual Spring Load Restriction as soon as the spring thaw begins.

Shell Oil moving ahead with plans for oil shale production

RBC — It was a big news week for Shell Oil. First, it was announced Jan. 7 that Shell had filed for water rights on the Yampa River. The water would be used for the company’s future oil shale operations.

Saying  her  piece  about  the  Piceance

Gracie Petrakian grew up in Meeker, before moving to Silt for her senior year of high school.

Boom! Boom!

In western Colorado, an energy boom of unprecedented proportions has been layered on top of a thriving amenity economy. Which will come out on top?

COGCC disputes network speaker

RANGELY — A spokesperson for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) took exception to statements made by a speaker at the monthly networking meeting held in Rangely.

EnCana split announced

RBC — Canadian energy giant EnCana Corp., Colorado’s second-largest gas producer, announced Monday it will split the company into separate natural gas and oil companies. According to The Denver Post, no changes are expected for EnCana operations, including its network of gas wells in the Piceance Basin. The gas company

Williams signs $285M deal to add natural gas reserves facilities in Piceance Basin

RBC — Williams announced last week that it has agreed to purchase SandRidge Energy’s, and other parties’ interests in the Piceance Basin, for approximately $285 million cash. The parties expect the transaction to close in the second quarter.

Wildlife vs. Energy

Wildlife researchers turn attention to energy development in Piceance RBC — Energy experts say Colorado’s Piceance Basin is one of the largest natural gas reserves in North America.

Commissioners approve Williams gas plant project

RBC — Rio Blanco County Commissioners approved a Special Use License (SUL) for Williams Field Services Company for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Willow Creek Gas Plant Project in the Piceance Basin last Monday.