Energy

6:09am

Wed May 9, 2012
Presidential Campaign

Romney Campaigns In Colorado [Updated]

Mitt Romney speaking to supporters at a rally in Tempe, Arizona, April 20th 2012
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9:52am

Tue May 8, 2012
Energy

Falling Oil Prices: A Blip Or A Hint Of The Future?

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 1:42 pm

Oil and gas production in the U.S. is rising, and the U.S. is expected to be less dependent on foreign energy in the coming years. This oil drilling rig, shown in October 2011, is outside Watford City, N.D., a state that has seen a boom in energy production.
Matthew Staver Landov

World oil prices have been falling recently — and that's good news for oil consumers such as the U.S., Europe and China, and a potential challenge for the big exporters like Saudi Arabia and Russia.

The oil market is notoriously volatile, and the factors driving prices down are temporary. But some energy industry analysts are posing a much larger question: Is the world, and the U.S. in particular, entering a new phase of expanding energy supplies and more moderate prices?

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4:25am

Mon May 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 4:34 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Tax revenue coming from shale, oil, and gas development has many states very happy, but the boom is also putting a strain on regulators. There are not enough of them to inspect all the drilling sites. Colorado, for example, has 17 inspectors for more the 47,000 active oil and gas wells. Kirk Siegler reports from member station KUNC.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Each day, Jim Precobb(ph) of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission logs about 400 miles in his state-owned truck.

JIM PRECOBB: It is absolutely staggering.

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2:22pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Environment

Proposed Fracking Rule Embraced by Hickenlooper

Interior Sec. Ken Salazar met with Governor John Hickenlooper briefly in Commerce City Friday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper is praising a proposal by the Obama Administration that would require oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands to disclose the chemicals they use in the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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2:15pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Energy

White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:04 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Obama administration today released a new set of rules for oil and gas drilling on public land. As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, the rules are meant to keep companies from polluting water when they use the engineering technique known as fracking.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Hydraulic fracturing is what made the current drilling booms possible. Companies force hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to open up cracks in the rock and make the oil or natural gas flow faster.

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