RIFLE, Colo. (AP) - Three hours west of Denver, across the Continental Divide, the Rocky Mountains begin the long transition into high desert plateaus. This sparsely-populated land is dotted with ranches and small towns that were once local hubs for mining the rich minerals found under the earth. But over... more »
COLORADO SPRINGS - Energy companies may soon be drilling for oil and natural gas near Colorado Springs neighborhoods. City Council held a work session Tuesday hear from members of the state oil and gas commission about new environmental restrictions on drilling.
Oil companies have expressed interest in drilling wells... more »
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The University of Colorado Boulder has won a $12 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to maximize benefits of natural gas development while minimizing harms. Professor Joseph Ryan of CU-Boulder's civil, environmental and architectural engineering department will lead a team of... more »
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - In recent years, Niagara Falls has thrown open its doors to casino gambling, gay weddings and a tightrope walk that, until laws were relaxed, would have meant arrest. It has even briefly considered taking in toxic wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. After the city's old strategy... more »
DENVER (AP) - New technology is putting oil and gas drills closer to populated areas in Colorado. And it's raising tension in Colorado over who regulates where drilling can be done. Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other advances are allowing energy companies to drill in more populated areas. As a... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - Experts say the flurry of earthquakes in Oklahoma can't be blamed on man's thirst for oil and gas.
The weekend quakes were far stronger than the weak tremors caused by drilling - especially the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The shaking caused by... more »
An oil boom is underway in our state but the drilling methods to reach it have many landowners concerned. The massive Niobrara oil shale deposit covers an area that begins near Colorado Springs and stretches north into Wyoming. It's buried 2 miles below the ground level and about a mile... more »