Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Already narrowed, Colorado rule to reduce car commutes is withdrawn completely

By: - July 23, 2021

Days after dramatically scaling down a proposed rule to require large employers to encourage alternatives to car commutes, Colorado air-quality regulators went even further to satisfy the concerns of business groups opposed to the measure, moving to withdraw it from consideration entirely. In a pair of motions filed with the Air Quality Control Commission this […]

Water ‘crisis’ discussed by Interior’s Haaland, Colorado officials at Denver roundtable

By: - July 22, 2021

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s visit to Colorado began on Thursday at the headquarters of Denver Water, where she met with state and local leaders to discuss federal efforts to deal with the worsening drought conditions that have spread across much of the American West. “Being from New Mexico, I know how much climate change impacts […]

Denver area again misses deadline to meet EPA air-quality standards

By: - July 21, 2021

Spurred by the federal Clean Air Act, Colorado regulators are weighing a range of new pollution-fighting measures to reduce the Denver metro area’s long-running ozone problem — but for the second summer in a row, things are getting worse, not better. “The smoke alarm in Colorado is going off, and we need to put out […]

Colorado backs off plan to require large employers to encourage reduced car travel

By: - July 20, 2021

Officials with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that they would dramatically scale down a proposed rule to require large employers in the Denver metro area to incentivize their employees to reduce car travel, dealing a major blow to efforts to combat greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollution. “The […]

Interior Secretary Haaland to visit BLM headquarters in Grand Junction

By: - July 20, 2021

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will visit the Bureau of Land Management’s controversial new headquarters in Grand Junction later this week, Colorado’s two Democratic senators announced on Tuesday. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper have both called for the agency’s headquarters to remain in western Colorado, where it was relocated as part of a sweeping reorganization […]

Colorado’s unemployment rate remains flat at 6.2%

By: - July 16, 2021

Unemployment in Colorado remained essentially flat in June, the state’s labor department said Friday, marking the 15th consecutive month that the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has kept the statewide unemployment rate above 6% — a level more than double the pre-pandemic rate, which averaged 2.7% in 2019. Colorado employers reported adding roughly 10,500 […]

Sen. Bennet, Colorado Democrats celebrate rollout of expanded child tax credit

By: - July 15, 2021

The federal government on Thursday began sending out the first monthly payments to American families under the newly expanded child tax credit program, and the rollout is being celebrated by Colorado Democrats, including Sen. Michael Bennet, who helped lead a push by members of Congress to include the measure in a COVID-19 stimulus package passed […]

Colorado oil and gas commission delays new bonding, orphaned-well rules until 2022

By: - July 15, 2021

Days before a key rulemaking deadline, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted on Wednesday to delay public hearings on a new set of financial-assurance rules from September until January. The new rules relating to financial assurance, also known as bonding, would require oil and gas operators to provide payments to the state for […]

Former Colorado GOP chair denies wrongdoing in case of $280,000 in ‘misappropriated’ Trump PAC funds

By: - July 9, 2021

The former Colorado Republican Party chair accused of embezzling nearly $280,000 from a pro-Trump super PAC has denied wrongdoing in a new legal filing, claiming that the funds were transferred as legitimate payments for “consulting services” and that PAC officials were aware of the arrangement. The allegations against Ryan Call, who served two terms as […]

Ban on single-use plastics, polystyrene signed into law in Colorado

By: - July 6, 2021

Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday signed into law a bill to phase out the use of plastic bags and polystyrene products at major retailers and restaurant chains across Colorado. Polis put his signature on House Bill 21-1162, dubbed the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, in a brief ceremony at the governor’s residence, joined by bill sponsors […]

Gov. Jared Polis

Gov. Polis signs climate bill, issues order affirming cap-and-trade opposition

By: - July 2, 2021

Without fanfare on Friday, Gov. Jared Polis announced that he had signed into law a major climate-change bill championed by top Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups — but also signaled, yet again, his disagreement with many of those groups on how best to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The governor’s office said in a […]

Colorado AG taps Atlanta law firm to investigate air-quality whistleblower claims

By: - July 2, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has appointed four attorneys with a well-known Atlanta law firm to serve as special assistant attorneys general in the independent investigation into the allegations made in a whistleblower complaint filed earlier this year by several air-quality regulators at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “After CDPHE’s Executive Director […]