Leigh Paterson

Leigh Paterson is a reporter for Inside Energy, based in Wyoming.

Recent Posts

Bad Handwriting, Wrong Address: Verifying Signatures On Colorado Initiatives

Lynn Bartels, spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State's office, tweeted out this photo when backers of oil and gas ballot initiatives turned in their signatures.

For weeks now, workers have been sifting through hundreds of thousands of signatures to approve measures for the November ballot. They’re down to approving the last two: a set of highly controversial initiatives that together would restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office walks Inside Energy through the tedious process of counting and verifying hundreds of thousands of signatures.
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Coal Clean Up, Texas Style

Three Oaks Mine is permitted to operate on nearly 16,000 acres.

As coal companies go bankrupt there is growing concern and uncertainty over who will pay to clean up those mines. But Texas has been there before. In 2014, the state's largest coal company filed for bankruptcy with over $1 billion in outstanding cleanup costs. Now, more than two years later, this case is held up an example of what works.
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Why Everyone In Colorado Is Fighting Over Your Signature

Chris Goodwin is being paid $13 an hour to collect signatures for two oil and gas related ballot initiatives.

In Colorado, the race is on to gather enough signatures to get two controversial oil and gas related initiatives onto the ballot by the August 8th deadline. Contributions to groups both for and against these measures have skyrocketed over the past few weeks. Campaigns on the ground are heating up. Continue Reading →

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The Future Of U.S. Energy, According To Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaks to a packed arena at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, ND.

With the help of a few more delegates from a handful of states, including North Dakota, Donald Trump finally gathered enough to clinch the republican nomination. And with that news, the official Republican Presidential nominee rolled into Bismarck, North Dakota on Thursday. Continue Reading →

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