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2012 Economic Impact Study- CU Leeds School of Business

The oil and gas industry, along with nearly all extraction industries, inherently provides substantial economic benefits due to its integrated supply chain, high wage jobs, and propensity to sell nationally and globally. It brings in outside investment and often operates in rural areas where high-wage jobs are scarce and industry is fleeting. Much of Colorado’s oil and gas is sold outside of the state, contributing wealth to owners, employees, governments, and schools, all of which are beneficiaries of oil and gas revenues. In 2012, Colorado’s oil and gas industry recorded $9.3 billion in production value, accounting for some 29,300 di ... Read More »

Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule

On December 13, 2011 Colorado regulators unanimously passed a Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule that requires comprehensive public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments. The rule represents a balanced compromise between industry and environmental groups, providing transparency while protecting proprietary information. According to Mark Brownstein, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund’s energy program: “Colorado’s new regulation requires the most disclosure of any state in the country.” Read More »

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids- Exciting Clean and Green Developments

The fluid formulation is the rocket science behind hydraulic fracturing (HF). A subtle difference in formulation can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of the fracturing treatment in releasing oil and gas resources. The design of each HF process focuses on understanding the reservoir rock and subsurface conditions in order to design HF fluids that can optimize results. Particularly in new areas, such the emerging shale plays, HF optimization is an exciting area of discovery, imagination, development, and ultimately increasing degrees of success. Read More »