Energy Voices Telling Their Story

I want to be a Rig Supervisor

“I want to be a rig supervisor.” Thats not a statement someone usually hears from 18 year old girls about their desired career path. But folks in energy states will be hearing it a lot more as students like Nedy Ayala assess their future and make decisions about their college majors. Energy companies across the…

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…

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…

Opportunities for Employment

Opportunities for Employment

Drilling for oil and natural gas is a complex and difficult process. It requires the combined effort of highly skilled laborers, engineers, equipment operators, etc. The domestic energy boom can only continue to grow and prosper if companies can find and hire these skilled workers. At Aims Community College, Bruce Beardsley is working to train…

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…

Leaving it better than it was

Agriculture and the energy industry have close ties. In Colorado, the relationship is only getting closer as farmers and ranchers partner with energy companies to explore for oil and natural gas. Farmers lease their land to energy companies to produce oil and natural gas and according to Don Thorn of the Colorado FFA Association farmers…