Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Natural gas company cancels pipeline project championed by Colorado drillers, politicians

By: - December 1, 2021

A proposal to build a major new natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southern Oregon has been officially dropped, its backers told federal regulators on Wednesday, finalizing the defeat of a project that had long attracted support from Colorado’s oil and gas industry and politicians on both sides of the aisle. The Jordan Cove […]

‘I see a war coming,’ says militia leader with Colorado GOP ties

By: - December 1, 2021

A prominent Colorado Republican activist on Tuesday urged fellow conservatives to reject political violence and extremism, even as he claimed that the country is under threat from communist tyranny and on a path towards “civil war.” John Tiegen, a Marine veteran from Colorado Springs and founder of the United American Defense Force, made the comments […]

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker tapped to led Denver EPA office

By: - November 18, 2021

Former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker has been named to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional headquarters in Denver, the White House announced on Thursday. Becker, a Boulder Democrat who served four terms in the state House of Representatives and led the chamber as speaker for two years before being term-limited out of office in […]

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State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer enters GOP race for 8th District seat

By: - November 15, 2021

Republican State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer on Monday became the latest Republican candidate to launch a bid for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District, announcing her candidacy in an interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS. A longtime former Weld County commissioner and state official under former GOP Gov. Bill Owens’ administration, Kirkmeyer was elected in 2020 […]

Back from COP26, Rep. Neguse urges ‘transformational’ climate spending in Biden budget bill

By: - November 13, 2021

Returning this week from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse said his second trip to a U.N. Climate Change Conference went a lot better than his first, to COP25 in Madrid, Spain, two years ago. “Boy, what a change two years can make,” Neguse told reporters in a virtual press conference […]

Weakened bonding rules for oil and gas companies knocked by environmental groups

By: - November 11, 2021

Environmental and community groups are urging Colorado oil and gas regulators to go back to the drawing board on a new set of financial-assurance rules that they say are too favorable to industry. The five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission heard testimony on pending regulations relating to financial assurance, also known as bonding, in […]

Here’s what you should know about climate policy in Colorado

By: - November 9, 2021

Every hour of every day, Colorado is adding huge amounts of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming greenhouse gases to the Earth’s atmosphere — 126 million tons of them in 2019 alone, according to state estimates. That’s a modest improvement since Colorado’s emissions peaked at 150 million tons around 2010, but it’s nowhere near enough. The […]

Republican Lori Saine files to run for Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District seat

By: - November 3, 2021

Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine on Tuesday became the first well-known Republican to announce her candidacy for Colorado’s newly drawn 8th Congressional District, adding a hard-line conservative voice to what is expected to be a highly competitive race for the new district along the northern Front Range. Saine filed her statement of candidacy with the […]

Denver voters split on bond package, block measures backed by GOP and developers

By: - November 2, 2021

Denver voters on Tuesday appeared to deal decisively with a long list of 2021 ballot measures, overwhelmingly approving $260 million in infrastructure investments while soundly rejecting a pricey upgrade to the National Western Center and several measures backed by local Republicans, preliminary results showed. In addition to statewide measures and local school board races, Denverites […]

Xcel Energy broadens net-zero climate pledge to include natural gas

By: - November 1, 2021

Colorado’s largest electric utility announced on Monday that it plans to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from its natural gas business by 2050, broadening its previous commitment to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by the same date. Xcel Energy, which operates in eight states and serves about 1.6 million customers in Colorado, said in a press […]

Colorado’s Rep. Jackson to talk environmental justice at UN climate summit

By: - November 1, 2021

Government leaders from around the world have convened in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, and a state lawmaker who has helped lead environmental justice efforts in Colorado is among them. Rep. Dominique Jackson, a Democrat from Aurora, is attending COP26 as part of a delegation organized by […]

Republican Pam Anderson to challenge Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

By: - October 25, 2021

Former Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson has announced her candidacy for Colorado secretary of state, becoming the first well-known Republican to launch a bid to unseat Democrat Jena Griswold as the state’s top elections official. In an announcement made during a live interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS on Oct. 23, Anderson […]