Colorado Energy Voices

Colorado’s Rocky Mountains hold much more than ski resorts and hiking trails. And its fertile prairies help grow more than cattle and corn. Like many western states, Colorado has a rich tradition of natural resource development.The mountain mines tap everything from gold to coal but increasingly the state is also seeing dramatic growth in oil and natural gas production.The northeast quadrant of the state is home to the Denver-Julesberg Basin, a geological formation rich with light crude oil and natural gas. A new combination of horizontal drilling and fracking is unlocking new sources of energy within the DJ Basin and helping small rural towns to build their communities and save for the future. The very same towns that comprise some of the most productive agriculture in the nation.Continuing natural gas production from the Piceance Basin in far western Colorado is doing the same, with much of the production coming from public land.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

A big boost for a Contemporary Cook

As a restaurant owner, Erik Truchses is a small businessman that most people wouldn’t think would see a benefit from the expansion of the oil and natural gas industry. But its been a boon for Contemporary Cook Catering and Cafe, his restaurant in Greeley Colorado. Like any business its taken time to grow his relationship…

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,…

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…