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  • Forest Service greases the skids for oil and gas

    The Forest Service wants to create a new type of "categorical exclusion" to make it easier for oil and gas drilling projects to be approved without environmental study or public input

  • Oil drillers get 'one-stop shopping' at no extra cost

    A provision in the new energy bill promises funding to speed up the oil and gas permitting process in BLM offices – without costing the industry an extra penny

  • Doubling density near Durango

    The La Plata County commissioners have signed two deals allowing energy companies to double the density of coalbed methane wells near Durango, Colo.

  • Energy companies plow some profits back into Western ground

    Raymond Plank, chairman of Apache Corp., says responsible companies like his prove that the energy industry can reduce its environmental impacts and give more back to local communities

  • CRASH?

    Just as western Colorado towns like Rifle have begun a new life as thriving “amenity” economies, an energy boom of unprecedented proportions has taken over the landscape.

  • A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    A cheer for Interior Secretary Salazar's new approach

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is not to blame for the oil and gas industry’s economic problems

  • Mission critical

    Mission critical

    With global warming threatening the planet, even environmentalists are looking more kindly at natural gas.

  • You gotta dream big when you dream about oil shale

    You gotta dream big when you dream about oil shale

    Why not mine oil shale here in the West, but send it off to be processed somewhere else?

  • EPA hearings can be so, like, high school

    EPA hearings can be so, like, high school

    At an EPA hearing on oil and gas drilling, the so-called professionals scoffed and snickered at the testimony of local families.

  • Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    As the West's housing boom fades, natural resource extraction surges, and a defunct housing development on the east side of Colorado Springs, Colo., may soon face drilling by Ultra Petroleum.

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