Wednesday Open Thread

“There’s always been a few people that you couldn’t trust.”

–Jim Mattis

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Pseudonymous says:

    Thanks, Hick!

    Millions in oil, gas taxes may have been lost because Colorado regulators didn’t enforce reporting rules

    Out of the 420 oil and gas operators in Colorado, 316 were out of compliance with their monthly well reporting from 2016 to 2018, submitting either incomplete reports or none at all, according to a 76-page audit report presented to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday.

    One of Colorado’s ten largest operators was called out for missing as many as 8,407 well reports — the most of any operator. The operator, which the audit report did not identify by name, produced and sold 46 million barrels of oil and 187 million MCF of natural gas from 2016 to 2018, based on the well reports that were submitted to the COGCC. 

    The audit report estimates that if the COGCC imposed the maximum fine of $200 per day, per well, the state could have collected more than $308 million in penalties. The top three offenders, each missing over 5,000 reports, would account for more than $120 million of that total number.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Bu, buh, but . . .

      . . . Colorado has some of the toughest, strictest, and most rigorous unenforced O&G regulations in the entire country.

      We’re like a model . . . or something . . . 


    • The realist says:

      Seriously! Why have rules if they are not enforced?!

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Maybe you should also thank the oil & gas loving Republicans, especially from Weld County, who controlled the State Senate in 2016-18. Also ask the Dems who controlled the House. There is such a thing as legislative oversight.

      • Duke Cox says:

        It is practically impossible to accurately state the total, cumulative, amount of money that has been improperly, or illegally, transferred from Coloradans’ pockets to those of the owners and managers of the extraction companies since coal mining started here almost 200 years ago.

        From direct subsidies, to tax credits, to downright thievery, the OilyBoyzand Girlz have gleaned billions of dollars. They love to brag about their incomes…much of which is your tax dollars.

        There are always a few Matsunakas or McKinleys around the Colorado state house, but it is the Republican party and the extractive industries that have been joined at the hip from like, forever ago. The Colorado Republican party has been more like an oil and gas and coal advocacy group…without scruples.

        That dynamic is changing…slowly… inexorably. Petroleum will always be a feed stock for industry. Its days as the worlds’ major provider of fuel, however, are limited.

  2. DENependent says:

    Diana Bray Explains Sitting for the Pledge in the Colorado Sun.

    A principled position and I respect her. I would vote for her if she were a candidate or nominee for a position like State House or State Senate, even though I mildly disagree with her on this point. Not going to vote for a complete novice for US Senate without something more compelling than a statement of principle.

    Not that I would be likely to get the chance since there are four other novice candidates running for the Democratic nomination plus Romanov and Hickenlooper. I had not looked for a while so I was unaware that all the other candidates with prior experience had withdrawn.

    Absent something unexpected like a drunk driving crash, it will be Hick vs. Gardner in the fall.

  3. Pseudonymous says:

    Unique campaigning style.  Genuine hands-on approach.

  4. Pseudonymous says:

    The Colorado Mystery Drones Weren’t Real: The mysterious drone sightings that captured national attention were a classic case of mass hysteria.


    • kwtree says:

      The drones were real, documented by several reliable people in NE Colorado, some of whom I know. The question is, who was operating them, and why?

    • MADCO says:

      Corona or current flu

      15,000 US deaths, 150 world wide deaths
      150,000 US hospitalizations, 17 US hospitalizations

      corona is shiny new and therefore scary
      If it had a worse name , the hysteria would be magnified
      Black Virus
      SpiderRat Virus
      BlackSpiderRat Virus

      If the drones were described as programmable flying magic cameras  – which are all over anyway, I don't think people would have cared much.

  5. Voyageur says:

    The Mad Gasser of Mattoon was also well documented!

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