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Oil, health care, military experts address business concerns at CSBJ breakfast

Oil and gas has been a welcome boom for Weld County, says Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. Colorado Springs stands to lose hundreds of jobs and thousands in economic impact from sequestration cuts to the defense budget – but there could also be some opportunity, said Scott Bryan, owner of Bryan Construction and a member of… Continue Reading Oil, health care, military experts address business concerns at CSBJ breakfast

Editorial: The big story that wasn’t in 2012

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Many of us in the newsmedia business like to sit down, individually or with our staffs, in December and engage in some wide-ranging analysis, looking back at the past 12 months and forward at what to expect in the year ahead. We’ve already begun doing that at the Business Journal, as you can see in… Continue Reading Editorial: The big story that wasn’t in 2012

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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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  The Environmental Protection Agency is checking for pollution after a tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals rolled over near Loma, spilling chemicals into a nearby creek.   The Lower Valley Fire District says about 50 gallons of chemicals used in drilling operations leaked into a nearby stream before they dammed the… Continue Reading EPA checking contamination from fracking spill

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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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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can… Continue Reading Colo. gov. prefers state regulation of drilling

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Denver International Airport may expand drilling

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Denver International Airport is trying to determine whether it should add more oil and gas wells. Airport spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone says there were 76 oil and gas wells on the property before DIA opened in 1995. Those wells brought in $7 million for the airport in 2010. The airport has hired a consultant to examine… Continue Reading Denver International Airport may expand drilling

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Colorado delays fracking disclosure decision

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Colorado regulators decided Monday night to wait a week before they start deliberating a proposal to require oil and gas companies to publicly disclose what chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission made the decision after hearing about 11 hours of opinions on the proposal from industry officials, conservation… Continue Reading Colorado delays fracking disclosure decision

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City, county receive annual severance tax payment

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El Paso County and Colorado Springs will receive part of a $54.6 million annual severance tax and federal mineral lease direct distribution payment made by companies that extract minerals and energy from the state. El Paso County will receive $16,179.29 and $17,609. 47 from the state’s Department of Local Affairs. Last year’s distribution to Colorado… Continue Reading City, county receive annual severance tax payment

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Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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I don’t understand why the federal government keeps trying to stick its nose in our business here in Colorado. It seems like every few months or so, Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency keeps trying to take over regulation of our oil and gas industry. The state already does a bang up job but still,… Continue Reading Back off Colorado’s oil and gas industry

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