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Company pulls 1,700 barrels of oil from oilshale project in Colorado
At the Northwest Oil and Gas Forum in Rifle on Thursday, a representative of Shell Oil Company reported that the company had produced 1,700 barrels of oil from oilshale resources in Colorado's Piceance Basin.
Post Independent (Glenwood Springs);
Grand Teton officials surprised by Wyoming park's economic impact
A report released by the National Park Service this week said that the 2.7 million visitors to Grand Teton National Park spent $424 million in the Wyoming park and surrounding communities.
Projects could add 5,175 wells to gasfields in E. Utah
Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey met with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week and confirmed that the analyses of two projects in the Uinta Basin, which could add up to 5,175 gas wells to that region of eastern Utah, are nearly done.
Salt Lake Tribune;
Montana meeting on energy work on Rocky Mountain Front draws 200
More than 200 Montanans attended a meeting in Choteau on Thursday to hear from state and local officials about an increase in energy exploration along the Rocky Mountain Front and what it could mean for communities and landowners in that area of the state.
Decision will allow some DOE work on uranium mining plan in SW Colorado
U.S. District Court Judge William Martinez issued an injunction last October that prohibited the Department of Energy from doing any work on proposed uranium leases in Colorado's Paradox Valley, and on Wednesday, Martinez ordered the Department of Energy to a conduct a "Programmatic Environmental Impact Study," the highest level of environmental scrutiny on 31 leases in the valley.
Telluride Daily Planet;
Montana company wins IBM Beacon Award
Missoula-based TerraEchos, a high-tech, advanced security company, won the IBM Beacon Award for Outstanding Information Management Innovation, an award that will bring international recognition to the Montana company.Missoulian;
Opening of Whole Foods store will add about 100 jobs to Colorado city
The Whole Foods Market currently being built in Basalt should be up and running by late summer, and the natural-grocery store will begin hiring the estimated 100 employees for the Colorado store in June.
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