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Let’s be sensible on hot issues

As the year of 2013 arrives, the Colorado Springs area faces two uncertain matters that must be addressed in the weeks and months ahead. Trouble is, both of them qualify as hot-button issues, far more volatile than filling potholes or maintaining parks. In fact, these two agenda items have become questions for each end of… Continue Reading Let’s be sensible on hot issues

Colorado Springs politicians and business leaders are hoping to capitalize on the increasing global thirst for oil and gas, opening the way to many new local jobs. Continue Reading Drilling for jobs: Oil and gas industry will yield employment

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CSU professors to study drilling emissions

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Colorado State University professors are getting ready to add to the debate about oil and gas exploration. Researchers are going to propose a non-partisan, scientific study to examine air emissions from natural gas exploration in Garfield County. The commissioners will hear about the planned three year study, which will provide a high-quality, peer reviewed assessment… Continue Reading CSU professors to study drilling emissions

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Drilling tax proposal faces CO showdown

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A contoversial tax proposal aimed at stifling local opposition to oil and gas drilling is nearing a decision in the Colorado House. The measure would take severance tax payments from local governments that take steps to slow or prevent oil and gas drilling. The bill comes after state energy regulators clashed with county and municipal… Continue Reading Drilling tax proposal faces CO showdown

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The U.S. natural gas market is bursting at the seams. So much natural gas is being produced that soon there may be nowhere left to put the country’s swelling surplus. After years of explosive growth, natural gas producers are retrenching. The underground salt caverns, depleted oil fields and aquifers that store natural gas are rapidly… Continue Reading Natural gas glut means drilling boom must slow

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Judge to hear arguments in May on Roan Plateau

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A judge is set to hear oral arguments in May in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s auctioning of leases for natural gas development on public land on the Roan Plateau. Environmentalists filed the lawsuit in 2008 seeking to cancel the leases. They say that when the Bureau of Land Management developed a plan allowing… Continue Reading Judge to hear arguments in May on Roan Plateau

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BP closer to drilling new Gulf wells

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BP is a step closer to being allowed to drill new deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The agency that regulates offshore drilling said Friday it has approved a supplemental exploration plan submitted by BP. The British firm still must obtain permits to be able to start drilling. BP is seeking to drill up… Continue Reading BP closer to drilling new Gulf wells

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There’s never been a producing oil or gas well in El Paso County, but that hasn’t stopped drilling plans for Houston-based Ultra Resources, which bought more than 18,000 acres of the failed Banning Lewis Ranch property. The region’s foray into oil and gas drilling will also be the city and county’s foray into how to… Continue Reading Fracking forces El Paso County to consider regulation stragegy

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Colo. having busy drilling permit year

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Colorado is poised to have its second busiest year for issuing oil and gas drilling permits despite stricter regulations that took effect last year, a state regulator said. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director David Neslin said the state has issued more than 3,100 permits through the first six months of the year and… Continue Reading Colo. having busy drilling permit year

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Regulatory certainty and “a welcoming social and economic environment” will be crucial as Colorado’s oil and gas industry emerges from the recession and faces competition from big gas fields back East, said the new president of a state trade group. Tisha Conoly Schuller, named president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in December, is… Continue Reading Colorado oil, gas industry shows signs of rebound

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