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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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More Money To Fight Over, More Money To Fight With: North Dakota Politics Transformed

North Dakotans for Common Sense Conservation, the official group opposing Measure 5, links to, the website sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute.

North Dakota has always been a friendly, easy place to vote. It is the only state in the country without voter registration, and precincts are small enough that poll volunteers often recognize people who come through the door. "It’s kinda like a reunion," said Bonnie Fix, who's been working elections here since 2001. "Kinda like a family picnic." Running for office in North Dakota has historically been equally low-key--and low budget, with winning candidates for state offices raising less than a few thousand dollars each. But the oil boom has changed all that. Continue Reading →

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Oil Engineering Boom: Plenty Of Students, Not Enough Teachers

Colorado School of Mines petroleum engineering professor Carrie McClelland helps one of her smaller seminar classes work through a group project.

The country needs trained petroleum engineers, and students are flooding into mining schools and tech programs around the country looking for a way to cash in on the nation’s energy boom. The trouble is those high paying jobs are also luring would-be teachers and even current teachers away from academia and into the oil fields. Continue Reading →

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Millions Of Tons Oil And Gas Waste: Hazardous Or Not?

Lyn Janssen in her garage posing with her anti-waste pit posters

The United States is on the verge of becoming the world’s top producer of oil – that’s according to the International Energy Agency. But the oil boom is also leading to a boom in toxic oil field waste that can end up in open pit disposal sites. There are increasing concerns over the dangers these disposal sites pose for air quality. Continue Reading →

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