Niobrara Shale

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Anadarko to Drill Hundreds More Wells in the Niobrara Play

One of the biggest players working in the Denver-Julesburg Basin says it plans to drill more than 360 wells there in 2014. However, activity in the Wyoming side of the Niobrara Shale play continues to lag far behind the booming oil and gas activities in Colorado.

7Mar2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Southwestern Energy Enters Niobrara Play

Southwestern Energy Production Company has signed an agreement to purchase approximately 312,000 net acres in northwest Colorado targeting crude oil, natural gas liquids and natural gas contained in the Niobrara formation from Quicksilver Resources Inc.

7Mar2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Wyoming Oil Production Climb Sparks Transportation Boom

Converse County is located in the heart of the Niobrara, and production here is skyrocketing. The county’s oil output grew by 26 percent in 2013 alone, according to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Statewide, production in the Niobrara increased from around 146,000 barrels in 2008 to almost 3 million last year.

14Feb2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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How U.S. Energy Boom Changes America’s Place in the World

The difference, according to former Obama administration National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, can be summed up in one word: “fracking.” That’s hydraulic fracturing, the drilling method that’s helped fuel an unprecedented domestic energy boom in the United States.

11Feb2014 | | 1 comment | Continued
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U.S. Oil, Gas Industry to Invest $890 Billion
in Infrastructure

The report noted developing shale formation areas, such as the Bakken in North Dakota and Eagle Ford in Texas, will require more extensive investments in gathering and support facilities because they are not historic production regions.

21Jan2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Energy Sector Continues to Tilt Toward
Domestic Shale Plays

According to Fitch, Marathon Oil is just one of the many companies planning to increase its domestic investments in the coming years. Marathon is reportedly planning to sell assets in the UK and Norway, while allocating 60 percent of its 2014 capital expenditures budget to the development of domestic resource plays.

10Jan2014 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Regional Update: Colorado Had 400 Oil, Gas Spills in 2012, According to Report

The findings of the report from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and specifically Jim Milne, the agency’s environmental manager, showed 66 of the the incidents required ground or surface water remediation measures.

12Jun2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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General Electric Aims to Improve Fracking

General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom.

3Jun2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Noise Pollution—The Environmental Battle
We CAN Win!

The coming of the industrial age ushered in an insidious threat—noise pollution. Whether the noise emanates from a nearby railway or superhighway, a manufacturing company or a construction operation, it impinges upon the population and does damage.

14May2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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The Niobrara Shale Drives Colorado Oil Production to 50-Year High

The 48 million barrels-level hasn’t been seen in Colorado since 1960, and its thanks mainly to the bounty being pulled from the Niobrara. “The Niobrara is the King Kong,” said Pete Stark, vice president for industrial relations at IHS, a Denver consulting firm that tracks energy.

12Mar2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Debunking Rhodium: Natural Gas, Not Renewables, Drives Historic Emissions Declines

It has been rapidly replacing coal power in recent years, driving down U.S. emissions faster than in any country in the world. But to some renewable energy advocates who have long prophesied that solar and wind are on the cusp of replacing coal, such a reality can’t possibly be happening.

4Mar2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Wyoming Can Lead by Example

Gov. Matt Mead deserves praise for taking a serious look at a tool that could help defuse the growing clamor about the risks of hydraulic fracturing. His office recently announced it was considering rules that would require companies test nearby water wells before they drill and, in the popular slang term for the practice, frack oil and natural gas wells.

20Feb2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Overdue Energy Efficiency Standards Costing
U.S. Billions

Despite his rhetoric about climate change, President Obama’s Administration continues to delay implementation of energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment that are among the most successful ways to quickly cut energy consumption and contribute to economic growth.

18Feb2013 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Solar Industry Grapples with Hazardous Wastes

Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water. To dispose of the material,
the companies must transport it by truck or rail far from
their own plants to waste facilities often far away.

12Feb2013 | | 0 comments | Continued