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Associated PressAssociated PressFebruary 5, 20181min555

Weld County in northeast Colorado is poised to see a record for oil production.

For 2017, production through November is sitting at more than 105 million barrels of oil. When December numbers are counted that could easily go up to 116 million barrels of oil produced out of the county, an all-time high.

The Greeley Tribune reports the current record of 109 million barrels of oil was set in 2015.

Don Warden, county finance director, says 2017’s oil and gas production likely will boost Weld’s assessed valuation by 5 percent to 6 percent for the 2019 budget.

Weld’s largest oil and gas operator, Anadarko Petroleum, plans to spend $950 million this year in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which essentially covers all of Weld County.

The report comes as lawmakers hear a bill that would give local communities more authority to regulate wells, and Colorado braces for a governor’s race that could pit Big Oil against Democratic candidates who want to wean the state completely off fossil fuels by 2040.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMay 2, 201710min1374

Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that it was a "confluence of events" tied to an uncapped line leading to a gas well that led to the fatal home explosion in Firestone April 17. He said that state well inspections and regulations would not necessarily prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in the future and that authorities, oil and gas operators and no-doubt lawmakers and concerned citizens will engage in "a continuing conversation about what happens next" to reassure concerned residents. "The COGCC inspects about 40,000 wells a year," Lepore said, "I think 49,000 last year... but there is no comprehensive map of [well] flow lines. This flow line was cut relatively close to the home and the fact that it was cut that close and left uncapped matters more than the fact that the home was less than 200 feet from the well."


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Peter MarcusApril 27, 20177min358
An investigation into a well operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in connection with a house explosion that killed two in Firestone last week offers fodder to setback conversations. Anadarko, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas producers, announced Wednesday that it has shut down more than 3,000 wells in northeast Colorado. A well sits 178 […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningApril 17, 20173min392

Kersey and Keenesburg and Brush, oh my! The sixth annual Pedal the Plains bicycle tour will give riders a chance to get close to lions, tigers and bears — along with other wild animals — housed at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, one of several features along the 177-mile route, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Post Chairman Dean Singleton announced Monday.


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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanNovember 1, 20164min358

As it turns out, the 2016 general election in Colorado will probably follow the recent trends of presidential election cycles, with two exceptions that may help Republicans hold the state Senate. The most important numbers to watch are ballot returns. As of time of publication, Democrats have turned in more ballots than Republicans. That’s especially bad news for Republicans in several close state Senate races and for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in his run against state Sen. Morgan Carroll.