Colorado

Apr 22, 2013 5:40 PM by Juice Godfrey

Weld County nearing 80 percent of state oil output

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Weld County is on pace to produce almost 80 percent of the state's oil output this year, once again making it the oil-drilling center of Colorado.

Last year, Colorado hit a 50-year record in oil production of 49 million barrels, with Weld County oil and gas producers pumping almost 75 percent of that.

According to the Greeley Tribune, the Rangely Field in Rio Blanco County on the Western Slope was the top oil producer in the state years ago. By the end of 2012, the county produced just 10 percent of the state's oil, according to state regulators.

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