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More solar coming to region

DENVER — Tri-State, the power provider for San Isabel Electric and other rural cooperatives, will partner on a 30-megawatt solar farm to be built about 20 miles north of Trinidad in Las Animas County, the company announced Tuesday A 30-megawatt farm can power 7,000 or more homes, based on industry estimates. It is Denver-based Tri-State’s first utility-scale solar project in ...

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New state-of-the-art Colorado Springs welding training center in high demand

This is not your father’s vo-tech shop. Shiny new equipment occupies 15 training welding booths in one of Springs Fabrication’s metal-manufacturing buildings on Colorado Springs’ east side. Down the hall, a large classroom has just been completed. In what Pikes Peak Community College and Springs Fabrication leaders are calling “the first of its kind,” a new Welding Training Center for ...

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Hickenlooper lauds energy industry in Colorado

To launch a discussion about conservation in the real world, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told participants at the Rocky Mountain Energy Summit energy development that energy and the environment has been “inextricably linked since the first time some guy in a cave figured out how to make fire,” kicking off the never-ending path to harness energy efficiently. “It’s such a ...

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Oil and gas spill report for Aug. 31

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Gift boosts Wyoming energy research

CHEYENNE — Gov. Matt Mead and University of Wyoming President Dick McGinity announced a new corporate partnership Friday that will bolster UW’s research into oil and gas extraction. In a news conference at the State Capitol, Mead and McGinity said UW will receive $12 million in equipment from Oregon-based FEI, a scientific and technical instrument manufacturer. Mead said the state ...

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Wyoming Ethanol to suspend operations

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — The only ethanol plant in Wyoming will shut down because it can’t compete with lower gasoline prices, an official says. The Wyoming Ethanol plant is located in Torrington, and the shutdown is expected to affect about 20 workers. Terry Oldfield, chief executive officer for Renova Energy, parent company of Wyoming Ethanol, said the plant will be going ...

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Judge upholds annexation agreement for Colorado Springs’ Banning Lewis Ranch

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by the owner of the Banning Lewis Ranch to get out from under an annexation agreement that governs the property’s development, handing Colorado Springs a victory in its efforts to maintain regulatory control over the sprawling ranch that makes up most of the city’s east side. Even so, some City Council members now ...

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Top 5 Niobrara stories of the week


In case you missed them, here are the top five stories from Niobrarachalk.com for the week of August 22nd through August 29th. Enjoy! 5. 7 gifs from the oil field that prove even Joe Pesci couldn’t do the job Without question, the oil and gas industry ranks among of the most tiring, intense and sometimes, dangerous fields of work. Flammable explosives ...

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Conservationist: Apocalyptic views about climate change don’t work to change minds

DENVER — To get to the most rational discussion about environmentalism and have it work in today’s world, the conversation has to change, a leader in the environmental movement told oil and gas energy industry officials this morning on the final day of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Peter Kareiva, director of ...

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