Shell wins praise from Routt County commissioners for going beyond state water testing rules

Shell Oil's Steve Compton told the Routt County Board of Commissioners that Shell intends to go beyond state regulations to sample more wells than required and return more frequently than required to sample the wells after drilling is completed.

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Shell Oil offers to exceed water testing rules at well west of Steamboat, but details dangle

Shell has proposed to go beyond the newest water well monitoring requirements imposed by the State of Colorado for new oil wells at Camilletti pad, and unlike Quicksilver, does not plan to frack the well.

Routt County approves new oil well near Moffat County line

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a permit that would allow drilling of the new Wiregrass oil well in far northwestern Routt County.

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Shell Oil announces plan to abandon oil play in Northwest Colorado

Shell Oil informed officials in Routt and Moffat counties late last week it wants to soon sell off the leases it holds in the Niobrara Shale formation here to focus on its more productive operations.

Oil and gas companies, safety officials discuss presence of active wells in fire danger red zones

More than 1 million people and a half-million homes are located in Colorado’s high fire danger red zones.

Data Sense: Gasoline prices expected to fall

Fortunately for road warriors, the latest oil price forecasts indicate that gasoline prices are poised to fall starting in July and will continue to drop throughout the next several years.

Shell's preliminary ozone monitoring near Hayden detects no violation of federal standards

Routt County Environmental Health Director Mike Zopf said he would make a 2013 budget request that the county seek a cost-share with the city of Steamboat Springs for an ozone monitoring program. The program is estimated to cost $175,000 for three years.

US government unveils latest version of fracking rules

The government unveiled its latest version of hotly fought rules for fracking on federal land — 440 million acres nationwide, 20 million in Colorado — trying to protect mountains, forests and prairies from the downside of drilling.

Shell Oil intends to act on Camilletti oil well permit this summer, but won't frack it

Shell Oil’s Matt Holman, a senior geologist and project manager in this region, said Wednesday that his company does not intend to use hydraulic fracturing at the Camilletti well north of Milner.

Routt County Commissioners approve new oil well permit despite concerns that grouse are reaching tipping point

“I think it’s really bad business that it needs to be done at the cost of driving sage grouse into extinction,” commissioner Tim Corrigan said just before approving Entek’s special-use permit to drill a new well in North Routt County.

Shell to begin fracturing wells this month in Moffat County

Shell conducts winter drilling program to test safety practices

Shell Oil officials said the past year has been characterized by experimentation, a trend that will continue when the energy company turns to hydraulic fracturing of at least two of its Moffat County wells.

Scientist at Vail Global Energy Forum: Fracking is safe

Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely and it'll have to be, because the world will be doing more of it, said Dr. Mark Zoback,

Routt County tables oil well permit for BLM land near Wyoming

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to table Entek Energy’s application for an oil well drilling permit on public land close to the Wyoming border while it takes the time to study a report from the federal Bureau of Land Management on the proposed well.

Mitsch Bush bill would require Colorado energy companies to report smaller oil spills

In addition to requiring earlier reporting of spills leading to faster response times, Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush said, the bill would establish a track record for operators.

Shell Oil announces plan to frack Moffat County wells

Shell Oil will resort to hydraulic fracturing in an effort to boost production from its underperforming wells in Moffat County, a company spokesperson said Friday.