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Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than thought

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DENVER (AP) — Western Colorado has 40 times more natural gas than previously thought, but an immediate boom is unlikely because of low gas prices, government and industry experts said Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance (PEE’-yahns) Basin holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003. ...

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Governor picks boss for Colorado natural resources agency

Gov. John Hickenlooper

DENVER (AP) — The former deputy director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources has been named director. Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday that Bob Randall steps into the top job immediately. Randall has been interim director since February 2016, when Mike King resigned to become planning director for Denver Water, the state’s largest municipal utility. Randall was deputy director ...

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UW offering scholarships for laid off coal workers

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science has created a new scholarship fund for displaced coal workers after hundreds of Wyoming coal miners were laid off in recent months. Ten scholarships at $1,500 apiece for one academic year are being offered. The scholarship is a one-time award, but it can be applied for ...

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Colorado’s new, higher oil and gas fines are biting industry

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado is imposing heftier fines on energy companies as the state struggles to resolve conflicts between growing cities and big oilfields at their doorstep, an Associated Press analysis shows. Regulators say the tougher penalties for breaking health, safety and environmental rules are prompting energy companies to be more careful. Others say it’s too early to call them ...

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Colorado governor’s book raises Clinton veep speculation

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shows off his socks--one with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and the other with Republican candidate Donald Trump--before entering his former brewpub for a book signing event to mark the release of his autobiography Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Denver. Hickenlooper, who is term-limited, is doing book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ticket. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket. Hickenlooper insists he hasn’t been approached by Clinton’s camp, and he uses self-deprecating humor to deflect queries about his ambitions. But his name has ...

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North Dakota education thrives despite oil bust

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During the oil boom, state departments thrived off increased tax money and schools received more than enough funding. However, during the economic downturn, states that depended too heavily on oil taxes, such as Oklahoma, struggle to fund their education systems. Meanwhile, North Dakota students will see little to no change in their classrooms thanks to the high taxes paid by ...

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Groundbreaking planned for Wyoming carbon-conversion lab

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and others on Wednesday will formally kick off construction of a laboratory where researchers will test new technologies to make profitable use of carbon dioxide emissions from a coal-fired power plant. The goal isn’t just to prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere, but to offset the cost of doing so while providing ...

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