With Shell Oil’s recent withdrawal of a water right permit application to divert 375 cubic feet per second of water from the Yampa River in northwest Colorado, one...
Interior Issues $5.2 M Civil Penalty to BP America for False Reporting on Tribal LandsLast Updated on 2010-07-22 02:56:5806/30/2010
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DENVER - The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) announced today that BP America Inc. has been assessed a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting "false, inaccurate, or misleading" reports for energy production that occurred on Southern Ute Indian Tribal lands in southwestern Colorado. The civil penalty announced today is not related to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "It is simply unacceptable for companies to repeatedly misreport production, particularly when it interferes with the auditing process," said BOEM Director Michael R. Bromwich. "We are committed to... More »
Native Americans fear mining will disturb sacred landLast Updated on 2010-07-21 10:17:2516 July 2010Last updated at 07:30 ET
By Daniel NasawBBC News, New Mexico
Plans to revive a once-thriving uranium mining industry are coming into conflict with Native Americans who fear damage to sacred Mount Taylor
Thousands of feet under a hot patch of sand and brush is buried a deposit of uranium so rich it could revive a hardscrabble New Mexico town pocked with vacant lots and shuttered buildings.
The mining industry and those residents of the area who are eager for an influx of jobs see the plateau around Mount Taylor near the town of Grants in the northwest corner of New Mexico as an irresistible opportunity for economic gain.
"It's what we need, it's what's going to fuel the future," said Star Gonzales, director of the Grants chamber of commerce. "They will be good paying jobs."
But to local Native Americans whose ancestors lived in the area centuries before... More »
Green River nuclear plant announces major funding sourceLast Updated on 2010-07-02 07:25:44
The company behind plans for Utah’s first nuclear power plant, Salt Lake City-based Blue Castle Holdings Inc., has secured an agreement for $30 million in private equity financing from the New York-based LeadDog Capital LP.
The money would come over three years to help develop the reactors to potentially generate 4,500 megawatts of power at a new, Emery County industrial park at Green River. In exchange, LeadDog will receive newly issued common stock from the Utah company.
Blue Castle, headed by former Utah County legislator Aaron Tilton, said this week its project has attracted the interest of more than 15 utilities.
“This agreement provides Blue Castle with a flexible financing option that allows the company to raise and deploy capital when necessary and only under optimum conditions,” Tilton said in a statement. “The structure of this capital is very complimentary to our... More »
Environmental Protection AgencyLast Updated on 2010-07-02 00:00:005/17/12
On May 4, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for Class II wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the draft guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a UIC permit, except in cases where diesel fuel is used as a fracturing fluid. See these links for details.
Guidance: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/ui c/class2/hydraulicfracturing/hydraulic-fracturing.cfm
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Millions of gallons spilled in Colo. over 2 1/2 year periodLast Updated on 2010-06-29 08:31:52Post analysis of state accident reportsBy Burt Hubbard The Denver PostPosted: 06/28/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 06/28/2010 08:45:52 AM MDT
Oil and gas companies have reported almost 1,000 spills to Colorado regulators over the past 2 1/2 years, totaling 5.2 million gallons of drilling liquids and oil.
They ranged from small oil leaks from half-closed valves to thousands of barrels of tainted water that escaped from pits.
It's far from the volume of oil now shooting into the Gulf of Mexico, but a Denver Post analysis of state spill reports shows that even far from offshore, drilling for oil can regularly create unintended messes:
• Produced water extracted along with natural gas and frac water used in the drilling process were the most common substances spilled. They accounted for nearly half of the spills, 461, and about 85 percent of the... More »
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