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By Stanley Reed © The New York Times Co. Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday made the boldest statement among its peers about the waning of the oil age, saying that its oil production had reached a high in 2019 and was now likely to gradually decline. Shell’s “total oil production peaked in 2019” a...
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By Bruce Finley The Denver Post COLORADO SPRINGS » Leaders of Colorado’s second-most populous city this week are taking first steps toward retiring their central coal-fired power plant that for decades has belched more than a million tons of air pollution a year, teaming with General Electric ...
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  By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Tighter spending and the focus on free cash flow that were prevalent in the oil and gas industry before the pandemic are expected to continue even as demand and prices start to rise, two analysts said. The COVID-19 outbreak, a glut of oil and a price war b...
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By Veronica Penney © The New York Times Co. The share of energy generated from coal has dropped more sharply during the coronavirus pandemic than that of any other power source, according to a new report Monday that looked at coal demand in some of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse ga...
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By Judith Kohler The Denver Post President Joe Biden’s order issued Wednesday to pause new oil and gas leasing on public lands was praised by Coloradans who see the move as crucial to fighting climate change but was immediately met with a lawsuit by a Colorado- based industry group. The order mak...
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By Matthew Daly The Associated Press WASHINGTON » President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address c...
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By Matthew Brown The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » The Biden administration announced Thursday the suspension of new oil and gas leasing and drilling permits for U.S. lands and waters for 60 days, as officials moved quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the enviro...
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  By Clifford Krauss © The New York Times Co. HOUSTON » Sabrina Burns, a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, had thought she would be launching a lucrative career in the oil and gas industry when she graduated in a few months. But the collapse in the demand for oil and ga...
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved for a second time two drilling projects in Colorado after considering a court-ordered greenhouse gas assessment of the development’s environmental impacts. The two upper North Fork Valley drilling projects will total up to 226 wells and result in up ...
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Utility says 2 units will shutter by 2027, 2028, respectively By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Xcel Energy-Colorado and its partners in the Hayden Generating Station will close the coalfired plant’s two units by 2028, years earlier than planned. Xcel Energy, which owns the northwest Colorado pla...
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  By Dustin Bleizeffer Writers on the Range As the rest of the West rushes to meet increasingly ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions, one state is moving in exactly the opposite direction. It’s Wyoming, which even wants to take on the coalfired generation that states such as Oregon and...
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  By Sara Loflin, LOGIC  Guest Commentary The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) just finalized the nation’s strongest rules to protect people and communities living near industrial oil and gas drilling. The rules follow best scientific research and are the result of i...
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By Damien Cave © The New York Times Co. SYDNEY » China is forcing Australia to confront what many countries are concluding: The coal era is coming to an end. China officially has blocked coal imports from Australia after months of vague restrictions that dramatically slowed trade and st...
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5,000 drilling permits are pending heading toward Jan. 15 deadline By Judith Kohler The Denver Post With a raft of new oil and gas rules, now comes the tough part for companies and regulators alike. The rules kick in Jan. 15 and the industry and state will have to see which of the roughly 5,000 p...
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By The Associated Press BILLINGS, MONT. » Payments to states in the U.S. West have plummeted for oil, natural gas and coal extracted from U.S. lands after low crude prices and the pandemic slowed drilling and mining in many areas in 2020, according to federal data. Nationwide, payments to states f...
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By Jan M. Olsen The Associated Press COPENHAGEN, DENMARK » Denmark has decided to end all oil and gas activities in the North Sea by 2050 and has canceled its latest licensing round, saying the country is “now putting an end to the fossil fuel era.” The Danish Parliament voted late Thursday to e...
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Oil and gas rules will aid economy and workforce   By Jeff Robbins and Dan Gibbs Guest Commentary Last year, Colorado passed a new Oil and Gas Law, SB 19-181, that changed the mission of the state’s regulatory agency from “fostering” the oil and gas industry to “regulating” the industry, pr...
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  By Julian Lee Bloomberg Opinion This was supposed to be a time when things were getting closer to normal for OPEC. A recovery in oil demand after the first wave of the pandemic, coupled with a deep slump in U.S. production, was meant to leave the world needing more of its members’ crude. B...
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Ban ON FLARING OF OIL, Colorado regulators give initial OK By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Under rules given preliminary approval Thursday, Colorado will be one of only two states to prohibit companies from routinely venting and flaring natural gas from well sites. The Colorado Oil...
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SAFETY CONCERNS AMID RECESSION By Judith Kohler The Denver Post Mark Schell’s family has farmed in Colorado since 1906 and even though he works as a certified public accountant, he hasn’t left that way of life behind. About a year ago, Schell bought a 310-acre farm in Mead that he leases to som...
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