Energy Voices Telling Their Story

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…

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…

A duty to protect

A duty to protect

Landowners who own rights to their sub-surface minerals (oil, natural gas, gold, etc.) can sign contracts with energy companies to drill or mine for those minerals for profit. Many Colorado landowners are working with energy companies to tap into Colorado’s vast natural resources in oil and natural gas. As a fourth generation Colorado land and…

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…

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…

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,…

An Unexpected Customer

An Unexpected Customer

Mike Fergus of G&M Implement in Sterling, Colorado says his business is seeing improvements and growth despite being in a business that does not focus on the oil and natural gas industry. G&M sells tractors and power equipment to the agriculture industry but is seeing a bump in business because farmers are benefiting from oil…