The vast Niobrara shale formation, which covers much of northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, is now estimated to be a third bigger than first thought. Two of the largest companies drilling the field, Noble Energy and Anadarko, say the area may be capable of producing as much as 3.6 billion barrels of oil over the next several years. Tisha Schuller is with the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

“We anticipate that this area will continue to reinvent itself, with new plays developing as technology advances. And now is no exception, this is a field that has been there but technology is allowing it to accessible. It’s an extraordinary world class resource.”

For every one job created in the oil and gas industry, Schueller says 3 more are created in support of the industry overall, such as construction and contracting. Both Anadarko and Noble Energy say they will continue to create jobs in the area as the play develops.


From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station, KUNC.

 

Comments are closed.

News

January 22, 2018 | NPR · The three-day partial government shutdown is coming to an end. Senate Democrats agreed to a stopgap funding measure after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell committed to a vote on immigration legislation.
 

AP
January 22, 2018 | WBEZ · Small police departments struggling with high crime and low budgets tend to pay fast-food wages, may employ officers with troubled pasts and can miss out on opportunities to learn from mistakes.
 

January 22, 2018 | NPR · Niels Högel said he injected patients with a deadly drug cocktail “out of boredom” and to be lauded as a hero by his colleagues, when he revived the dying victims. Which didn’t happen often.
 

Arts & Life

January 22, 2018 | NPR · The Oscar nominations come out tomorrow — and there are plenty of movies that won’t make the cut. NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks with entertainment reporter Joe Reid about 2017’s top movies that once had Oscar buzz but lost it.
 

January 22, 2018 | NPR · The hit film Get Out may be the first horror film to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination since The Silence of the Lambs. A TSA officer plays a prominent –and positive — role in the movie. After years of being mocked, real TSA agents are delighted.
 

January 22, 2018 | FA · Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.
 

Music

WXPN
January 22, 2018 | WXPN-FM · A rock ‘n’ roll reunion, releasing its first new album since breaking up nearly 30 years ago.
 

Courtesy of the artist
January 22, 2018 | NPR · At the second Women’s March in New York, the pop singer shared a series of stories, in poem and with deeply affecting intensity, about sexual assault and violence.
 

January 22, 2018 | FA · The new album by British songwriter and performer Charli XCX features collaborations with Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo and others. Rock critic Ken Tucker says Pop 2 is highly enjoyable.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab