Note: this is Part Two of a two-part series looking at the rapid pace of oil and gas development in Weld County in 2014. Click here to read Part One: Will Voters Kill Colorado’s Golden Goose?

2013 was a record year for oil production in Colorado: 64 million barrels were produced in the state. Weld County extracted 52 million of those barrels, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and represented more than 80% of Colorado’s total production (and its severance tax revenue).

Horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic ...


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