Colorado Energy Stories

Meet the people behind Colorado’s energy

All across Colorado, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, the more than 232,000 people who make up our state’s oil and natural gas industry are hard at work creating the energy that powers our daily lives and strengthens our communities. No matter if they put on a uniform, pick up a hard hat, or sit down in front of a computer screen, the most important resource for our economy are the people who harness the power for dreams.

Today, we want to introduce you to some of those people.


Meet Derrick

Derrick is originally from Le Center, Minnesota, a small town of a few thousand, just outside Minneapolis. After graduating from high school, Derrick raised his right hand and served in the U.S. Army for six years. After leaving the Army, Derrick found a new career and began training as an electrician working with his father at his family’s business.

Since then, Derrick has spent twelve years in the oil and natural gas industry working everywhere from the frigid Arctic shores of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska alongside his cousin Ricky to the Bakken region in North Dakota, and finally to the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado where he has been for three years.

Derrick says the stability of the industry is one of the biggest reasons he loves his job. A devoted family man, Derrick always looks forward to going home to his wife of over 20 years and kids at the end of a long shift.

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