Southwestern Energy's plans for second well at Dill Gulch include water pipeline from the Yampa River

Southwestern Energy planning coordinator Brian Bohm told Routt County Commissioners that, in terms of impact, the temporary pipeline to a new oil well is preferable to the many truck trips it would take to deliver the water.

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Northwest Colorado sees slow-down in oil, gas play

Between low oil and natural gas prices and an onslaught of new regulations for federal lands and minerals, the future of oil and gas development in Northwest Colorado is hanging in a precarious balance.

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Northwest Colorado reacts to Obama's Clean Power Plan

On Monday, Obama introduced the plan at a White House event, labeling it the nation’s “biggest, most important step we’ve ever taken to combat climate change.”

Southwestern Energy plans second well on existing Dill Gulch pad and a new well to the north of U.S. 40

Southwestern energy, which acquired the mineral leases of Shell Oil here for $180 million in 2012, also has a pending permit application at the state level for a new well north of Hayden.

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Panel discusses Colowyo in Steamboat Springs

As a part of their monthly speaker series, The Steamboat Institute hosted a panel of experts Wednesday night to discuss “The Coming Storm of Federal Energy Regulations and Their Impact on Colorado Business.”

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A cleaner coal

A piece of Routt County’s coal industry is undergoing a major addition.

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Analysts see low gas prices continuing through the summer

A driver who pumped 15 gallons of unleaded gas at the Western Convenience station on Sunday last week paid $21 less than they did last year.

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Steamboat Springs seeing lowest November gas prices since 2010

It will cost local farmer Mike Arroyo significantly less this holiday season to gas up his Ford F250 Super Duty pickup and make the regular 192-mile drive to Grand Junction to visit his daughter.

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State energy director praises local mineral rights advocacy group

Hayden’s Jody Camilletti among those seeking seat on Hickenlooper’s new oil and gas task force

Camilletti said her motivations for seeking a spot on the energy task force are tied to economic health of Colorado farms and ranches

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Southwestern Energy invests millions more in Northwest Colorado

Drilling in Moffat, Routt counties will continue through 2015

Southwestern Energy’s oil and gas play in Northwest Colorado got much bigger in July after the company entered an agreement to acquire an additional 74,000 net acres of mineral leases in the Niobrara shale formation for $31 million.

Northwest Colorado citizens groups track oil, gas ballot initiatives

Two ballot initiatives that would seek a pair of constitutional amendments in the November election have been cleared for signature gathering by the Colorado Supreme Court. One, Initiative 88, would would dramatically increase the distance wells must be set back from homes, from the current 500 feet to 2,000 feet.

Routt County approves Southwestern Energy's new well north of Hayden

Southwestern vice president for the Sand Wash Basin project Doug Van Slambrouck told the Routt County Planning Commission that his company is contemplating a projected 15 additional wells in 2015.

Southwestern Energy era begins in Routt County oil exploration

Shell announced in August 2013 it would be divesting itself of its leases in the Niobrara shale of Northwest Colorado to pursue opportunities elsewhere, and Southwestern Energy acquired those leases in March for $180 million.

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Drilling for natural gas and oil in Northwest Colorado

Energy boom or bust? It all depends on what's found

Dorris and John Zimmerman have been living on their property just on the west edge of Craig for almost 40 years. The couple built their home in 1967 and raised their children there. In 1987, they welcomed an energy company on their land, allowing it to implement hydraulic fracturing as one means to extract gas and oil from the earth. The well has been there ever since, pulling energy resources out of the ground. In that time the Zimmermans said the well has seen at least three hydraulic fracturing efforts.

Williams oil well near Hayden back in the game, Dill Gulch on deck

The State Air Quality Control Commission voted in February to require oil and gas wells across the state, including existing wells, to capture the air pollutants known as VOCs, including methane. As it turns out, Shell Oil had already agreed to live up to similar standards in Routt County.

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