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Relationships 102: Avoiding Fracking Furor In Wyoming

Barry Bruns lives just outside of Cheyenne, in a subdivision where drilling is possible in the future.

So far, Wyoming has largely managed to avoid the tensions over oil and gas development that have cropped up in other states. It’s not hard to imagine that it’s just a matter of time though, as companies have filed for hundreds of drilling permits in recent months in the vicinity of the state’s largest city, Cheyenne. Continue Reading →

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Relationships 101: Oil And Gas Looks For A Social License To Operate

A pump jack sits in front of a house in northern Colorado. An drilling rig sits behind it.

Conflict over oil and gas drilling has escalated across the country in recent years, resulting in protests and bans from New York to Texas. The industry recognizes it has a problem, but it divided over how to approach it. Now, some companies are borrowing an idea from the international mining sector, called social license to operate. Continue Reading →

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Who Owns Oil And Gas?

Here are the companies in a sample T. Rowe Price retirement account that represent more than 0.05% of the account's investments. The size each word is proportional to how much of the account's money is invested in that company. Oil and gas companies (not including utilities) are highlighted in orange.

Oil prices are slipping to levels not seen in years. It’s bad for oil companies, but it has to be good for consumers, right?
Well, yes, though, it’s more complicated than that. That’s because almost all of us with retirement accounts are invested in oil and gas companies. Continue Reading →

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In Colorado: Oil And Gas Polish Their Public Image

Anadarko's STIM Center consolidates the fracking operations of four well pads into one.

The oil and gas industry dodged a bullet this year in Colorado. A last-minute compromise avoided a series of ballot measures that could have seriously restricted the industry’s ability to operate in the state.
But, many Colorado communities are still leery about the drilling they see right outside their door. So, oil companies are working hard to polish their public image, both through messaging and improving their techniques. Continue Reading →

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