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6 months 4 weeks ago

Environmental concerns over fracking during floods

There have been claims swirling around the internet, suggesting that the news media is covering up an environmental disaster in Northern Colorado. Those claims are on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, concerning possible fracking fluid and other chemicals contaminating the environment due to flooding in Weld County. ...

9 months 11 hours ago

Gas prices keep going up

No matter how much you drive, you've probably noticed that gas prices have gone way up. AAA says the average price of a gallon of regular is now $3.61. That's up 14 cents from just a week ago. That only begins to tell the story. Analysts say you...

9 months 4 days ago

Gas prices expected to rise

If you think the cost of gasoline is too high, brace yourself for even more shock. Gasoline is expected to spike during the next several days, jumping ten to twenty cents per gallon. Industry experts blame rising oil prices and demand during this peak driving season. AAA reports the...

1 year 2 months ago

Council discusses oil and gas drilling

COLORADO SPRINGS - As part of a work session, members of the Colorado Springs City Council are hearing presentations from representatives of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to get a better understanding of their power to regulate drilling within the city. The COGCC established new rules...

1 year 3 months ago

Groups try to limit testimony at oil, gas hearings

DENVER (AP) - Groups representing Colorado's oil and gas industry, farmers, ranchers and homebuilders are trying to block people who live near drilling sites from testifying at state rulemaking hearings next week. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is holding the hearings starting Monday on new proposed drilling rules....

1 year 5 months ago

Fracking Bans

DENVER (AP) - Several Colorado communities are rallying against a measure approved by Longmont voters banning oil and gas drilling in their city. Officials in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Louisville are fighting similar bans. They plan to hold a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol. Colorado...

2 years 2 weeks ago

Shell moves another step closer to Alaska drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Shell Oil is one step closer to drilling offshore from Alaska's northern coasts this summer. The Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board on Friday denied petitions to review the air permit for its drilling ship Kulluk. Federal authorities earlier denied review petitions for Shell's other ship, the...

2 years 2 months ago

Colorado sportsman speaking out about fracking

DENVER (AP) - Colorado sportsmen are backing proposed federal rules of public disclosure of fluids used in oil and gas drilling. Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development is calling on the Bureau of Land Management to make sure water, fish and wildlife are protected when oil and gas wells are developed...

2 years 2 months ago

Gas Prices Up

Gas prices have shot up 8 cents in the last week. We're now averaging $2.99 a gallon. A local petroleum company believes the prices at the pump will continue to rise, especially with the US Embassy closing operations in Syria today. "Anytime you have any sort of trouble in the...

2 years 4 months ago

Petroleum wastewater facility files bankruptcy

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Western Slope company that disposes wastewater from oil and gas companies has filed for bankruptcy. The Daily Sentinel reports De Beque-area Black Mountain Recycling filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. The move came two weeks after a judge granted receivership to the...

2 years 6 months ago

Oil rig explodes in Oklahoma

WATONGA, Okla. (AP) - Authorities in Blaine County say an oil rig that exploded near Watonga and forced the evacuation of several homes caused no injuries. Blaine County Sheriff's dispatcher C.J. Woulard said Tuesday morning that the fire was still burning - but no injuries were reported. County...

2 years 7 months ago

Energy exploration sparks debate

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...

2 years 8 months ago

No relief at the pump

Believe it or not, price per barrel of crude oil is about the same as it was in 2009 -- anywhere from $83 to $85 dollars says University of Colorado at Colorado Springs economist Fred Crowley -- but the price at the pump is $0.30 = $0.40 cents higher. ...

2 years 9 months ago

Drilling permit process streamlined

DENVER (AP) - Rep. Mike Coffman has introduced legislation to streamline the process for getting oil and gas drilling permits on leases of federal land. The trade groups Western Energy Alliance and Colorado Oil and Gas Association support the Colorado Republican's bill. The Bureau of Land Management has...

2 years 10 months ago

Exploring for oil increases

HOUSTON (AP) - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 17 to 1,847 this week from a week ago. Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 958 rigs were exploring for oil and 881 for gas. Eight were listed as miscellaneous....

2 years 11 months ago

Gas prices once again rising

Gas prices are up once again. Right now we are paying the most we've ever paid during springtime. In Colorado Springs and Pueblo a gallon of regular has jumped up 56 cents since February according to AAA. "It's terrible. It's like another monthly bill." says Erica as she filled up...

2 years 11 months ago

Oil shale development gets new look

DENVER (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management plans a series of hearings in the West on the impacts of oil shale development. The hearings begin Tuesday in Utah after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to take a fresh look at a federal oil shale plan that was released in...

3 years 1 month ago

Gas prices still on the rise

It seems every week you're paying more at the pump. One of the worst areas hit, a gas station in Florida near the Orlando International Airport. The price? Try $5.39 for a gallon of regular! Here in Southern Colorado it's not as bad, but we've still seen an increase over...

3 years 2 months ago

Group drops lawsuit over Colorado oil, gas rules

DENVER (AP)-The Colorado Oil and Gas Association said Thursday it is withdrawing its lawsuit challenging Colorado oil and gas rules that took effect in 2009. Industry officials had said the rules, aimed at balancing development with protections for human health and the environment, were among the country's most restrictive....

3 years 2 months ago

Colorado reviews whether drillers used diesel fuel

DENVER (AP)-The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is reviewing whether companies have injected fluids containing diesel fuel into the ground to help extract oil and gas in Colorado. On Monday, congressional Democrats, including Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, said they found that from 2005 to 2009, companies have injected...

3 years 2 months ago

Egypt conflict affecting oil prices

Any trip to the pump lately likely hasn't been cheap. Oil prices are once again going up. "The market showed that it went up substantially on Friday, about $3.70 a barrel." explains Harlan Ochs, President of Acorn Petroleum in Colorado Springs. Part of that rise can be attributed to...

3 years 2 months ago

Oil flowing again from Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Oil is once again flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after a weekend shutdown to repair a leak at a North Slope pump station. Michelle Egan, spokeswoman for the Alyeska Service Pipeline Co., says oil began flowing Monday morning. She says the goal for the next...

3 years 3 months ago

How to recycle used cooking oil

What should you do with that oil you used to cook the Christmas turkey? Don't pour it down the drain. Instead recycle it. Pueblo residents may drop off that used oil at three locations: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2313 S. Prairie Ave. Southern Colorado Services &...

3 years 4 months ago

Recycle that used cooking oil

Pueblo residents have a way to get rid of that used cooking oil after Thanksgiving, without causing problems to their sewer drains. Just recycle it. City and county residents can drop off their used cooking oil, including fats, oils and grease (vegetable and animal) at no cost from November...

3 years 5 months ago

BP to link bonuses to safety performance

BP's new chief executive has told the oil company's employees that their performance on safety issues will be the sole measure for awarding fourth-quarter bonuses. Chief Executive Bob Dudley said in a statement to workers that this was intended to reinforce the message that the company's top priorities are...

3 years 5 months ago

Scientists lower Gulf health grade

Scientists say that six months after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico is less dramatic than some had predicted. In an informal Associated Press survey, 35 researchers who study the Gulf lowered their rating of its ecological health by several points....

3 years 6 months ago

Battlement Mesa health study coming out

Battlement Mesa residents are awaiting a report on the health effects of oil and gas drilling. Environmental and health officials planned to release a draft Monday of the study on the proposal by Antero Resources to drill up to 200 wells near Parachute. Residents in the community of...

3 years 6 months ago

Hurricane Karl a major storm

Forecasters say Hurricane Karl has grown into a major storm today as it takes aim at Mexico's Gulf Coast near ports and oil installations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Karl has grown with surprising speed into a powerful Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds near 120...

3 years 7 months ago

After blast, regulators want tougher pipeline oversight

The Obama administration is seeking tighter oversight of the nation's pipelines and stronger penalties for violations of pipeline safety rules after a deadly explosion in California. The legislation was submitted to Congress Wednesday by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The proposal follows several major pipeline accidents. A Pacific Gas...

3 years 7 months ago

BP probe: plenty of blame for oil spill

Oil giant BP said in an internal report released Wednesday - before a key piece of evidence has been analyzed - that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months. In its 193-page report posted on its...

3 years 7 months ago

Economy: Oil cleanup both bonanza and bust

An Associated Press analysis finds some places have done pretty well since the Gulf oil spill while others have been hit by a double-whammy. The worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history has spurred something of an economic boom in some communities where cleanup operations are based. But other...

3 years 7 months ago

New microbe discovered eating Gulf oil spill

A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico and gobbling up the BP spill at a much faster rate than expected, scientists reported Tuesday. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled since...

3 years 7 months ago

Experts: Gulf of Mexico far from cured

More than a month after oil stopped spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, big questions remain about where it is. Scientists who've just finished a cursory examination of the Gulf are disputing government claims that half the leaked oil is completely gone from the ecosystem. They've been looking...

3 years 8 months ago

Testing almost finished on BP top kill

Sometime later today, officials are expected to deliver the verdict on whether BP's problem oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is permanently plugged. Test results will determine if the BP gusher has been sealed well enough to declare the operation complete. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the...

3 years 8 months ago

Tomorrow could hold answer for BP repairs

We could know by tomorrow whether BP's broken oil well has been plugged for good. Officials will decide whether further work to seal the well is needed. If so, crews will go ahead with drilling relief wells to allow for a so-called bottom kill.

3 years 8 months ago

Oil crews watch stormy weather over Fla.

Officials working on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are watching a cluster of storms over Florida that could develop into a tropical disturbance. The government point man on the oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Monday he is not currently planning to suspend...

3 years 8 months ago

BP to begin forcing cement down well

BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well today. The announcement came last night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill. The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships...

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