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RULISON, Colorado – Noble Energy Inc. announced today that the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) awarded Noble a 2008 Outstanding Oil and Gas Operations Award for environmental protection and safe operation in the Project Rulison area of the Piceance Basin.The award was presented by Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and David Neslin, director of the COGCC, at the Colorado Oil & Gas Association Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference and Investment Forum on July 8.”We are honored to be recognized as an environmental leader in this highly regulated area,” said David L. Stover, Noble Energy’s president and chief operating officer. “The COGCC award demonstrates our efforts to responsibly find and produce hydrocarbons in a manner that protects the public health, our employees, and the environment where we operate.”As one of the largest oil and gas producers in the state, Noble Energy operates in the Piceance and the Denver Julesberg (DJ) basins of Colorado, including the Wattenberg field and the Eastern DJ Niobrara play.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – After a third day of low fire activity, fire officials managing the Roan Cliffs Fire are scaling back resources. Firefighters have been successful in keeping the 795-acre fire from growing to the west and northern flanks. They will continue to monitor the fire from the air and with a few firefighters on the ground, and will be ready to ramp operations back up if the fire makes another run. The lightning-caused fire is located in a remote area of steep, rocky terrain 32 miles northwest of Grand Junction. Officials allowed the fire to burn naturally to the east and south for the benefit of vegetation and wildlife. The fire has cleared dense oak brush and pinyon-juniper, creating new growth and better access for wildlife.

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