Energy Voices Telling Their Story

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…

Companies Finding New Purpose

Companies Finding New Purpose

Growing production in the state’s western shale fields is helping position the City of Philadelphia as an energy hub for the 21st century. The city’s Marcus Hook oil refinery – which once faced certain closure – is now being repurposed to serve as a transportation hub for liquid fuels extracted from the Marcellus Shale. Sunoco…

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Saddles, tack and the Western lifestyle

Good saddles, tack and working gear for horsemen and folks who love the Western lifestyle. That’s the brand Roger Allgeier has built Brighton Feed and Saddlery into over the course of its 71 year history. With an influx of people moving from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas to take jobs in Colorado’s booming oil industry,…

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…

Why is Greeley, CO ‘the place to be’?

Why is Greeley, CO ‘the place to be’?

As President of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Sarah McQuiddy says that the community is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the current growth in the local energy industry. With so much activity in the community, hotels are hard to come by and there are plans to build additional capacity. The restaurant industry is seeing large…

Energy AND the Environment

Energy AND the Environment

As a thirty year practitioner of environment and energy law, Jim Martin says he’s seen first hand how good Coloradans are at balancing environmental protection and energy development. “We don’t believe that there’s a conflict between having a clean environment and a good economy- a strong economy, we think you can do both.” He says…

In Weld County, It’s made a difference all around

For Carla Castro, new energy development means a strong foundation for new workers and young families in the small Colorado town of Gilcrest. She has seen prospects for a good job and a stable future improve dramatically as the energy industry has lead the state out of the economic recession. And as a member of…