Matthew BrownAugust 15, 20165min357

A trade group for the energy industry accused federal officials Thursday of illegally canceling or postponing the sale of more than two dozen oil and gas leases over the past two years. The Western Energy Alliance sued the Obama administration in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, seeking to force officials to hold lease sales four times a year as required under the federal Mineral Leasing Act.


Dan ElliottDan ElliottAugust 15, 20166min335

A puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwestern United States appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday. Researchers identified more than 250 sources of a methane hot spot over the Four Corners region of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. They include gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines and processing plants.


Kathleen SgammaKathleen SgammaJune 28, 20164min361

For the last several years, the Piceance Basin on Colorado’s Western Slope has lagged other oil and natural gas producing areas of the state and country. True, the price of natural gas has been in the doldrums for quite some time. But in other plays across the country, such as the Bakken in North Dakota and the Marcellus in Pennsylvania and Ohio, production has increased dramatically under the same low commodity prices, so something else must be going on. Why has the West Slope lagged behind?