Energy Voices Telling Their Story

500 Burritos a day and counting…

500 Burritos a day and counting…

The boom in oil and natural gas production from the Wattenberg oil field is changing fortunes across Northeastern Colorado. Kramer’s Wedge Store is no exception. As the only stop for fuel and food in between the rural oil field and the county seat of Greeley, the Wedge Store has become the most important stop for…

Protecting Farmers, Growing Flocks

Protecting Farmers, Growing Flocks

Folks in Carroll County overwhelmingly support energy development, but some were initially hesitant that the development would affect the local agriculture industry. When asked, most people will mention that they were worried about farmers selling out and moving away after selling gas leases on their land. “We were all worried about losing our farmers, that…

A new career

A new career

There is a future in the oil and gas industry, and Natali Delgado wants to seize that opportunity. As a college graduate with a degree in early childhood education, Natali is going back to school to study in the oil and gas program at Aimes Community College in Ft. Lupton, Colorado. Shes seen lots of…

For the first time we have enough money

For the first time we have enough money

In a county that has not raised its mill levy since 1977, the energy boom has been a crucial economic driver for it and its 15 townships and 7 villages. The increasing revenue from gas well royalties, sales and property tax has allowed for long-awaited construction projects and road improvements to be green lighted and…

Pennsylvania has a story to tell

Pennsylvania has a story to tell

Pennsylvania has a real story to tell. The discovery of shale energy within the Marcellus Formation, which is located under much of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, create a new source of affordable energy that is restoring manufacturing jobs that left the state not to long ago. Writing at Philly.com, David Holt tells the story….

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Energy has big upside for employment in Pennsylvania

Labor groups have seen big increases in jobs and employment with the development of the Marcellus Shale in western Pennsylvania. For pipeline workers, operating engineers, welders, equipment operators, and other skilled tradesmen the energy industry is helping to keep them on the clock and in the field. Jim Kuntz with the Union of Operating Engineers…

Boon for Small Business

Boon for Small Business

But the good fortune doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Small businesses across the county have been seeing an increase in revenue. The laundromat and dry cleaner had to hire new employees and lengthen their business hours. The local YMCA is operating in the black for the first time since it opened. The local hardware store…