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USGS Determines that Gas Wastewater Likely Triggered 2011 Quake in Colorado

Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the ...
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COGA Agrees to Drop Lawsuit Against Longmont Frack Ban

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association is dropping its lawsuit against Longmont over regulations the city council approved in 2012. The Longmont Times-Call reports COGA and the Colorado Oil and Gas ...
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Hickenlooper Oil and Gas Task Force Identifies Priorities

The gubernatorial task force charged with reducing land-use and local-control conflicts over oil and gas drilling in Colorado identified health, technology and legal issues it wants to examine. At ...
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Pro-Oil Group Calls Fracking Opponents Stupid

A conservative group is trying a new tactic in Colorado's war over fracking: Call the other side idiots. That's what a 60-second TV spot launching on cable networks in the state does, in so ...
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Fracking Wells Possible Culprit of Texas Earthquakes

Energy companies deny a direct link between the earthquakes and the wells, citing a lack of evidence. The vast majority of the 35,000 disposal wells throughout Texas have reported no seismic activity, ...
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Oil and Gas Companies Erecting New Types Of Walls Around Drilling And Frack Sites

Made of earthen-color fabric on steel frames up to 32 feet high and 800 feet long, the walls shield industrial machinery from a high school and wetlands greenbelt in Greeley, prairie homes in Windsor, ...
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Industry and Locals Battle over Fracking

The battle for the future of oil and gas drilling in the United States is playing out in Colorado as both the industry and environmental groups step up efforts to beat back the other side. Both sides ...
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Colorado approves historic air quality rules for oil and gas industry

Colorado will be the first state in the country to regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as part of new air quality rules for the state's booming oil and gas industry that were ...
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COGCC reports that tighter controls needed for oil and gas wells needed near waterways

The oil and gas industry should move operations as far from Colorado waterways as possible and do a better job of flood-proofing wells and tanks, according to a state report released Monday. The ...
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New Proposed Amendment to Colorado's Constitution Could Give Colorado Communities Power to Ban Fracking

A proposed amendment to Colorado's constitution that would give municipalities the power to ban or restrict fracking and other industrial activities would be the first of its kind nationwide if it ...
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Judge Orders a Stay in Fracking Ban Vote

A Broomfield district court judge will hear arguments over whether the city properly conducted its election on banning the use of hydraulic fracking. The city's November election on the matter was ...
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Polis to Colorado Oil and Gas Association: "Stop Suing the Communities I Represent"

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis took quick action Wednesday (12/4) in wake of news that the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the industry's powerful state lobbying group, was suing Fort Collins ...
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Coloradans Support Oil and Gas Fracking

The majority of Colorado voters support fracking for natural gas and oil, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University this week. Overall, the survey showed that 51 percent of respondents ...
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Mandatory Recount of Fracking Ban Vote Taking Place in Broomfield

The final but unofficial vote on a proposed five-year fracking ban in the Denver suburb of Broomfield shows the measure passed by 17 votes, close enough to trigger an automatic recount. The Broomfield ...
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Colorado Becomes Energy Battleground

As I reported last week, Boulder, Lafayette and Fort Collins passed measures with solid margins to suspend or ban the technique formally known as hydraulic fracturing. But a fourth community, ...
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Fracking Bans Pass in 3 Colorado Cities

Measures to halt hydraulic fracturing in various ways were passing in three Colorado cities early Wednesday, while results on a fourth anti-fracking proposal were still close. The votes in four ...
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'Frack Check' Videos Blast Claims Made By Colorado Oil and Gas Industry

An anti-fracking group in Colorado has released a series of ads blasting claims made by the oil and gas industry in the state as four communities prepare to vote on bans or moratoriums on drilling and ...
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Colorado Oil and Gas Group Plans Long-Term Push on Fracking

The state’s newest oil and gas advocacy group, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) is planning for the long haul: A multi-year campaign to inform the public about the industry, ...
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Oil and Gas Industry Spends Money to Fight Fracking Moratoriums

Campaign finance reports filed this week show that the oil and gas industry has contributed over half a million dollars to groups that are fighting fracking moratoriums on the ballot in four Colorado ...
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Jared Polis Fracking Complaint

Rep. Jared Polis, D. Boulder, who complained about a fracking rig next to his vacation property, says he got no preferential treatment from state regulators who fined the drilling company. Polis ...
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2013 Rocky Mountain Energy Summit Update: Oil and Gas Officials Changing the Tone of the Fracking Debate

The tenor of the oil and gas conversation this past week began changing as speakers at the Colorado Oil and Gas Industry's annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit repeated new refrains. "The next ...
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Permit Bids Soar in Colorado

The new regulations by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which went into effect by August 1, require wells to be at least 500 feet from the nearest occupied building, mandate ...
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Greeley Grapples with Drilling Near Residential Developments, Schools

Mineral Resources Inc. has received initial approval from the state of Colorado to set up drilling operations about 750 feet from Frontier Academy Elementary School. In Greeley – which sits at ...
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Department of Energy Study on Fracking Shows No Evidence That Chemicals from Drilling Taint Water

According to a July 19, 2013 article by Kevin Begos of The Associated Press, a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas ...
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Colorado Joins in Suit Against Longmont Fracking Ban

Governor John Hickenlooper's state agency the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ("COGCC"), joined a lawsuit filed by an oil and gas trade association seeking to invalidate ...
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