Leading O&G Voices to Speak at Energy Summit

2013 Energy SummitColorado’s oil and gas forecast keeps getting better.  Denver was ranked the third oil and gas city in the world.  Northern Colorado has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere centers for energy development according to the Northern Colorado Business Report.  The leading voices in oil and gas will come together for the Energy Summit on July 16 at The Ranch in ...

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Rigzone Ranks Denver #3 Oil & Gas City in World

energyEarning exceptionally high marks for unconventional oil and gas activity, number of potential jobs and quality of personal life, Denver earned slot three on Rigzone’s Ranking of the Top 10 Oil and Gas Cities in the World. Denver was the only U.S. city to make the list. Dubai, United Arab Emirates earned the top slot and Calgary, Alberta, Canada took second.

Rigzone cited a report by the Institute for 21st ...

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Supplying Oil Boom with Affordable Housing

By Rick Behning, PE

energyFirst, the good news — the oil industry is boosting Williston, North Dakota’s economy.  Now, the bad news — workers inside and outside the industry are having a tough time affording the high prices on a limited housing supply.  What’s the answer?  Baseline’s project, Fendee Estates, has one underway.   This planned rural and residential community will provide 703 single-family units below $200,000.  Residents will have the option to lease or own them.

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Fracking and Water Usage

By Rick Behning, PE

One of the concerns related to the fracking process is water usage.  Kenneth Carlson, co-director of the Colorado Energy-Water Consortium, was interviewed for a recent Greeley Tribune article.  The article explains that 0.1 percent of water diverted for beneficial use will be used for fracking over the 5 year span from 2010 to 2015.

Based on water usage, it turns out the new horizontal wells are more efficient ...

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Utilities Energy Audits

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering

In the water/wastewater industry, the popular “energy audit” is what many companies are doing to promote sustainability, a reduction in carbon footprint, and lower operating costs…but are they being done correctly?  The answer, more often than not, is no.  Many of these companies recommend simply replacing a motor or adding a variable frequency drive (“VFD”) to a pump or blower, which is NOT always the answer.

A proper energy audit dives into the root cause of the inefficiency ...

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What to Do with Fracking’s Flowback Water?

By Baseline Water/Wastewater Engineering

energyApproximately one million gallons of “flowback” water return to the surface, and is typically hauled to a disposal site where it is injected thousands of feet into the ground, a process environmentalists and some residents of oil fields worry may contaminate ground water.  Many agree that this practice is not sustainable and are considering it to be the next 800 lb. gorilla that the EPA will be addressing.  ...

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How to Invest for Potential Fracking Regulation

energyThe following article was published on www.bakkenoil.org on January 23, 2012.

Michael Filloon of Seeking Alpha has a five-part article series on investing for potential of EPA regulation of fracking as a result of public concerns about water usage and contamination. Below is a synopsis of his excellent analysis, but for an in-depth assessment of how to invest, be sure to read his series.

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is an industry practice ...

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Weld County Oil and Gas Boom on Horizon

By Rick Behning, PE

energyBillions of dollars have been earmarked to be spent in the Niobrara Shale in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.  According to an article published January 4 in The Coloradoan:

“The Niobrara shale spreads across northeast Colorado, but it’s only about 400 feet thick and thousands of feet underground. Because the shale is so thin, energy companies couldn’t drill it very efficiently before horizontal drilling technology was developed ...

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