Oil, gas leasing in Colorado down sharply

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (AP) -- The oil and gas industry says
leasing on public lands in Colorado is down sharply from three
years ago. The industry blames red tape from the federal government.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the Western Energy Alliance says the number of parcels offered by the Bureau of Land Management is down by 70 percent and the acreage involved is down by 81 percent for the fiscal year ending Friday. The bureau in Colorado offered only four parcels in 2011, and Utah had slightly more, with 17 parcels. Matthew Garrington of the Checks and Balances Project counters that there are several million acres leased in Colorado for development that have not yet been developed.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    boom and bust, no new news here, it has been the way of Colorado since statehood.
  • by toad on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    its like the greenies love jacking with us, they are spoon feed trust fund jerks that have all the time in the world to wine that we are killing the earth,,takea look jack holes, its killing its self,drill baby drill,
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      by TLC on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:09 AM in reply to toad
      Those of us who are Trust Fund Baby's are not all bad so why play the wealth envy card?
  • by Steve Location: Gj on Sep 27, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    My son now works in ND. Thanks Ridder for ridden us of these jobs
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      by Disgusted on Sep 27, 2011 at 07:19 PM in reply to Steve
      Remember what Ritter did when November 2012 rolls around. The only chance we have to save this state is to remove each and every progressive democrat from office when we have a chance to do so.
  • by Nun Location: Grand Valley on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM
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      by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Nun
      democrate, lol
  • by Gregory Johnson Location: Glenwood Springs, Co on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    Perhaps Colorado should sue the Feds or look into it for discrimination.
  • by Gregory Johnson Location: Glenwood Springs, Co on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Not sure why this is, they are blaming Red Tape from the feds, yet just read a report that ND is looking for 2000 workers for their oil fields. Apparently, Fed Red tape is not the same for every state.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    The solution? Don't ever vote Democrat again. They are unfit to lead.
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      by FDR on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to Disgusted
      If the rigs would drill in an environmentally friendly manner they can drill all they want. They will NOT do so ! All they care about is economics instead of the environment.
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        by ND on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:51 PM in reply to FDR
        Please elaborate on how they don't if your so sure.
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          by FDR on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:10 AM in reply to ND
          I worked for Haliburton and was laid off. I saw it first hand. We even had security people watching the roads leading to the drilling site for possible EPA officials.
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          by Riiiiiigggggttttt!!!!! on Oct 1, 2011 at 06:26 AM in reply to ND
          E I don't believe you FDR. EPA was coming at all hours, Halliburton was drilling? Hmmmmm? Halliburton does completions not drilling and it would'nt be the EPA out and about checking on rules the COGCC has created.
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