From the Associated Press
Energy leases brought in record revenue to Colorado in the past fiscal year, boosted by big sales in Weld and Arapahoe counties.
The Colorado State Land Board manages land set aside at statehood to support schools, including state land leased for oil and gas drilling.
The Greeley Tribune reported Saturday that the board collected $146 million for energy leases for the fiscal year which ended in June. About $100 million came from bonus payments paid upfront by companies to be able to drill on government land. The rest came from royalties paid on oil and gas produced from those leased lands.
Director Bill Ryan said revenues are expected to decline in the current fiscal year because companies have now acquired all the prime land they were interested in.
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.