Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Carolyn Tucker, Colorado, energy, kerogen, oil, oil shale, peak oil, pie in the ground, proven reserves, Royal Dutch Shell
Said spokesman Martin Skrtel, speaking at Shell’s headquarters in Den Hague, “It was always just a really stupid, non-starter of an idea. You’d have to be a scientific illiterate to believe that cooking “oil shale” to create crude oil could have a positive energy balance. Still, we thought we could buy off enough legislators to create, how should we say, a conducive fiscal atmosphere that would make the scheme a profit-maker for us. But now we have abandoned even those plans…”
Ha ha that was satire. What they really said was different:
A month after Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. subsidiary said it would pursue its oil shale research project in Colorado while selling off other oil and gas assets, the company has reversed its decision.
“There’s been a shift in our oil shale project,” spokeswoman Carolyn Tucker said Tuesday.
“The energy market has evolved since Shell first started its oil shale research project in 1981. We plan to exit our Colorado oil shale research project in order to focus on other opportunities and producing assets in our broad global portfolio,” she said in an email.
“Our current focus is to work with staff and contractors as we safely and methodically stop research activities at the site,” she said.
The announcement regarding the closure of Shell’s oil shale research and development work comes as the company announces plans to put its assets on the market across the United States, including oil and gas assets in northwestern and southeastern Colorado.
Shell on Aug. 1 reported a 60 percent drop in second-quarter results — largely due to a $2 billion write-down of its North American shale assets due to “the latest insights from exploration and appraisal drilling results and production information.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Colorado, driving, energy, gasoline consumption, Great Recession, transportation, Vmt
Just like everywhere else…
DENVER – A new report from the Colorado Public Interest Research Foundations shows Coloradans have cut their per-person driving miles by 11.4 percent since 2005.
Since 2005. But is it headed back up compared to last year?
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bicycling, Black Hawk, Colorado, traffic law, urban cycling
The court ruled Monday the town can pass traffic regulations, but said they must comply with state laws that require any municipal bike prohibition provide an available alternate path within 450 feet.
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Colorado, Colorado Springs, forest fires, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, Mountain Shadows, Ormes Peak, Palmer Reservoir, Rampart Reservoir, Scar on the Mountain, Waldo Canyon Fire
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Africa, African athletes, altitude training, Colorado, high altitude, Iten, Kenya, Kenyan Riders, Kipchumba, Mount Evans, Tour de France
I call dibs on the movie rights.
We could all get together and sponsor a high-altitude training camp for these guys. I know a lot of people who would love to host these athletes in their homes as they train in the high mountains. We have uniquely high paved roads here in Colorado.
Since joining the team two years ago, Kipchumba, 26, has excelled. He says that running success translates smoothly to cycling, but that athletes in Iten remain reluctant to make the switch.
“When you come from running, the lungs are very big,” Kipchumba said. “When I started to train on a bike, I was breathing well. My legs were also used to pain. I had less pain than the others. The only problem is the fear of the sport of cycling. They don’t know much about the sport.”
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Bill Gabbert, Colorado, fire ban, firefighting, forest fire, forest fires, Gila, Montrose, New Mexico, smoke jumpers, smoke map, smoke plume, uncontrolled burn, Wildfire Today, wildland fire
If you’re wondering why it smells like campfire, take a look. This is from this morning. Official fire name: Whitewater-Baldy Fire. There is also a new fire on the Colorado Western Slope, but if you’re smelling smoke it’s most likely from the Gila.
In other news, the entire South appears to be on fire.
Filed under: maps, Uncategorized | Tags: Boulder, Broomfield, Colorado, Community Ditch Trail, Dirty Bismarck, DIRTY BISMARK, Garmin, Koppenberg, Lafayette, Louisville, Marshall, morgul bismark, Morgul-Bismarck, off-road, Superior
I don’t know — is that the proper term? Sounds nasty.
I rode this for the first time recently. A new twist on an old classic near Boulder.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Anschutz, Colorado, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, fracking, Hickenlooper, hydraulic fracturing, Natural gas, niobarra, shale gas, shale oil
Haven’t heard it.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Colorado, Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, frack, fracking, hydraulic fracturing, trade secrets
That’s cool, it’s nice to know what goes in. More important — what comes out, and what do they do with it.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Colorado, Encana, fracking, fruking, Natural gas, nuclear fracking, Rio Blanco, Rulison, Wyoming
Note: Encana is the same company that jacked up the ground water in Wyoming. Abraham Lustgarten, “EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer,” Scientific American/ProPublica, November 10, 2011.