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Fracking’s past, present and future, part III: Future fracking

Picture yourself standing in an open field in the plains of Weld County.  Look into the distance to a point about two miles away.  It is simply amazing to think that if an oil and gas well were to be drilled where you are standing, it could be extracting crude oil and natural gas from [...]

By |July 30th, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part III: Future fracking

Fracking’s past, present and future, part II: Fracking in 2015

22,000… that’s a big number, depending on what you are talking about.  64.4 million… that’s a much bigger number.  30 billion… bigger still. There are over 22,000 active oil and natural gas wells in Weld County today.  Those wells produced 64.4 million barrels of oil in 2014 and over 2,000 trillion Btu of natural gas, [...]

By |July 23rd, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part II: Fracking in 2015

Fracking’s past, present and future, part I: A brief history of fracking

The idea of burning whale oil to light and heat our homes seems like a pretty foreign concept to Weld County residents.  That’s right, Free Willy and his friends were once hunted so that our ancestors could light lanterns to see after dark.  Fortunately, the practice largely died out in the early 1900s, saving our [...]

By |July 16th, 2015|blog, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, oil|Comments Off on Fracking’s past, present and future, part I: A brief history of fracking

What does energy independence mean?

It was almost 42 years ago that President Richard Nixon first called for a move toward energy independence. The oil embargo of 1973 caused the price of a barrel of crude oil to jump rapidly from $3.00 to $12.00 as the U.S. was experiencing a massive shortage. In today’s dollars, the sharp rise in prices would [...]

By |July 1st, 2015|blog, energy and environment, energy economy, energy independence, gas prices, oil prices|Comments Off on What does energy independence mean?