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Category: Land Management :: Drilling
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Anadarko pressured to lease or drill Colorado mineral rights 16.7.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the oil explorer that owns 8 million acres of mineral rights in the Rocky Mountains, said the holdings are accelerating beyond last year's $675 million revenue boost.
Culture clash in Moab 12.7.2014 Durango Herald
As a benefit for the San Juan Mountains Association, we had organized a canoe trip on the Green River near Moab to paddle 60 miles from Geyser Springs to Mineral Bottom. Colorado’s Centennial Canoe Outfitters says this is “part of the longest stretch of quiet wilderness water in the western United States.” We had plans...
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Volunteers help dig up dinosaurs in Utah 12.7.2014 Durango Herald
SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (AP) – Jeanette Bonnell likes to play in the dirt. The 62-year-old retired human resources specialist also is pretty handy with a dentist’s drill.Those two qualities, combined with fine attention to detail and a little detective work, make her the perfect volunteer for the Natural History Museum of...
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How Surprise spends taxpayer money 9.7.2014 azcentral.com | news
The Republic highlights some of Surprise's budget items throughout the ...
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Backlog hurts energy industry 8.7.2014 Durango Herald
SALT LAKE CITY – The federal agency tasked with approving natural-gas and oil projects on public lands is handicapping development in Utah and across the U.S. because it takes too long to review gas and oil proposals, a federal report finds.In Utah, the Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal office is now handling applications...
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New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans 30.6.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
ALBANY, n.y. — New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their
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Oil boom fueling archaeological bonanza 27.6.2014 Durango Herald
TIOGA, N.D. – Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig.But across the hyperactive oil fields of North Dakota, these and other groups have to wait for another team – archaeologists, who often must survey the...
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Nathan Fey: Balance energy development and river health 24.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Cutting through the steep canyons and arid sage lands of northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah, the Yampa and Green rivers are the region’s lifeblood. Their relentless forces are responsible for carving out the region’s stratified geology and for exposing the fossils that give Dinosaur National Monument its name. Their calm waters lure anglers and their rapids attract thousands — almost 10,000 — kayakers, rafters and adventure seekers each year . I have paddled both these rivers. They are treasures, and I know there is nothing more important to the vitality of this arid region. Protecting them is tantamount to protecting its prosperity. In recent years, however, northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah also increasingly have become targets for oil and gas development. At one point, there was actually a proposal to drill for oil and gas on land directly adjacent to the monument’s visitor center. Oil and gas development are important economic drivers, but there is a right way and a wrong to go ...
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Northwest Colorado citizens groups track oil, gas ballot initiatives 20.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The process of evaluating and approving oil well drilling permits in Routt County has settled, this year, into a phase of predictability with the Routt County commissioners expressing confidence that a lengthy set of local conditions of approval in place to ensure local land use values are protected. The commissioners received only brief public comment in favor of the new Southwestern Energy well June 10 before voting unanimously to approve it. But the relatively routine state of oil well permit hearings here this year doesn’t mean a new round of debate at the state level won’t pull Northwest Colorado back into a broader discussion. Two ballot initiatives that would seek a pair of constitutional amendments in the November election have been cleared for signature gathering by the Colorado Supreme Court. One, Initiative 88, dramatically would increase the distance wells must be set back from homes, from the current 500 feet to 2,000 feet. And the second, Initiative 92, would give ultimate authority over ...
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Willoughby: New plan for Roan Plateau displays hope, wisdom 18.6.2014 Denver Post: Outdoors
It has been awhile since Chris Hunt last visited the Roan Plateau, yet the Trout Unlimited communications director still glows with the memories of a 200-foot waterfall and the pure Colorado
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Rewind: News and photos you may have missed over the weekend 16.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
It’s tough to follow the news when you’re finally off the clock and have time for yourself and your family. Rewind will help you catch up with all the happenings in Utah over the weekend. Utah BLM tries contraception to rein in wild horse population • Accustomed to visitors with cameras, these 100 mustangs do not run when humans come near. Their ease with interlopers makes this herd a perfect candidate for a kind of birth control that involves shooting the mares in the rump with a dart gun. ...
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Utah ‘high risk’ oil wells among those left uninspected 15.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A majority of the oil and gas wells drilled on federal land in Utah during recent boom years have not been inspected, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. Of even more concern: Two-thirds of the wells the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) identified as high priority — because their locations pose greater risks — have not been examined. The Utah data cover the 2,432 oil and gas wells drilled between 2009 and 2012 on Utah lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service, the BLM and th...
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Drilling safety in question 15.6.2014 Durango Herald
NEW CASTLE – Four in 10 new gas and oil wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in...
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Four in 10 higher-risk wells uninspected by feds 15.6.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or rigs otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.
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Oil boom produces jobs bonanza for archaeologists 12.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Tioga, N.D. • Drilling crews are eager to plunge their equipment into the ground. Road builders are ready to start highway projects, and construction workers need to dig. But across the hyperactive oil fields of North Dakota, these and other groups often must wait for another team known for slow, meticulous study — archaeologists, whose job is to survey the land before a single spade of dirt can be turned. The routine surveys have produced a rare jobs bonanza in American archaeology, a field in ...
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Routt County approves Southwestern Energy's new well north of Hayden 11.6.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a drilling permit that will allow Southwestern Energy to pursue a new exploratory oil well on state land about 3.6 miles north of Hayden along Routt County Road 80. North Hayden 1-26 is one of five exploratory wells the company hopes to drill in Northwest Colorado in 2014, two in Routt County and three in Moffat County. The results from those wells, along with more wells the company hopes to drill in summer 2015, would be used to determine if there is a commercially viable play in this region. The intent of Southwestern is to frack the wells. Southwestern vice president for the Sand Wash Basin project Doug Van Slambrouck told the county Planning Commission that his company is contemplating a projected 15 additional wells in 2015. Southwestern spokeswoman Heather McLaughlin-Sloop said it would be fall before preparatory work can be completed and drilling could begin at North Hayden. “I can’t imagine with construction season ...
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Editorial: No end in sight in Utah wilderness battle 11.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
“I happen to be one who cheers and supports the Sagebrush Rebellion. Count me in as a rebel.” Soon to be President Ronald Reagan said that in a campaign speech in Salt Lake City in 1980. He was rallying the local-control folks on his way to a virtual sweep of the public lands-heavy Western states. But four years later, Reagan was signing the Utah Wilderness Act of 1984, a bill sponsored by Utah Republican Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch to set aside 750,000 acres of national forest land in ...
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Why did oil spills go undetected for so long? 10.6.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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Washington Post: BLM regulators must step up their game 9.6.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The following editorial appeared in Monday’s Washington Post: Over the past decade, a U.S. energy boom has cut oil and natural gas imports, revitalized manufacturing and enriched rural communities. But will the massive increase in oil and natural gas production mar the environment? We believe that the risks are manageable, but success will depend on rules that limit air and water pollution from unconventional drilling, which the Obama administration is formulating, and on adequate enforcement of...
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Chandler free baseball clinic is Saturday 6.6.2014 azcentral.com | news
Baseball Player University celebrates its fourth season with a clinic in downtown ...
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