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A Tale Of Erie And Encana – Local Control In Colorado Gains Ground

The Kelly Farms production site in Greeley, CO. On the far side of is a housing development and off-camera is a playing field at Northridge High School. Sites close to communities like this one have prompted outrage from local citizens.

Oil and gas regulators in Colorado are proposing a new set of rules that would give local governments more say over drilling operations. The draft rules released Tuesday require engagement with local officials before applying for a large-site drilling permit from the state. Continue Reading →

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Refiners Take On Big Oil In Fight Over Crude Oil Export Ban

A refinery operated by Alon USA Energy in Big Spring, Texas. Alon is one of four refiners that have formed a lobby to oppose major oil companies that want the ban on the export of US crude oil repealed.

Congress is debating lifting the 1970's era crude oil export ban. The oil industry is divided: Many producers would like to see the ban lifted, while crude oil refineries in this country stand to lose. Lorne Matalon of Marfa Public Radio explains for Inside Energy. Continue Reading →

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Oil Crash Raises New Fears About Abandoned Wells

An abandoned coal bed methane well sits in a pool of water on the outskirts of Gillette, Wyoming.

In Wyoming, the bust of the coal bed methane industry has left the state responsible for plugging thousands of wells, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. Now, with both oil and natural gas prices in a slump, some are asking whether history is bound to repeat itself.
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Hacking The Grid: Rural Colorado And The Realities Of Cybersecurity

Steve Metheny, of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association, illustrates the utility's back-up to the back-up, a floor to ceiling map of their service area and infrastructure.

Cybersecurity experts like to divide the world into two categories: Those who have been hacked, and those who have been hacked but just don’t know it yet. As the electric grid gets digitized, it becomes increasingly vulnerable to hackers. We know hackers are getting onto the grid. So how big of a threat do they really pose? Continue Reading →

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