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Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Gov. Polis extends order requiring 30-day eviction warning

By: - July 13, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring Colorado landlords to give tenants a 30-day warning before initiating eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent, as advocates continue to call for stronger action to prevent a looming eviction crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “To be Safer at Home, Coloradans impacted financially by COVID-19 must […]

How a Dungeons & Dragons gadget helps keep Colorado elections secure

By: - July 10, 2020

Officials with the Colorado secretary of state’s office began a process on Friday aimed at verifying vote counts in last month’s primary elections. And they did it by rolling dice. Staffers rolled a series of 20 10-sided dice during a public webcast to generate a 20-digit random number that will be used to determine which […]

More abandoned oil and gas wells likely in Colorado — but how many?

By: - July 9, 2020

At some point in the next few weeks, PetroShare Corp., an Englewood-based oil and gas producer that has operated in Colorado since its founding in 2012, will legally cease to exist. Under a bankruptcy plan approved in May, its assets, which include 80 producing or shut-in wells scattered across Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties, will […]

New Colorado oil and gas commissioners seated ahead of critical rulemakings

By: - July 9, 2020

More than a year after Colorado lawmakers passed Senate Bill 19-181, a landmark package of oil and gas reforms, large swaths of the new law still haven’t yet been implemented by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission — and now a new set of commissioners will finish the work that their predecessors started. The […]

Oil and gas, real estate and law firms top list of Colorado PPP loan recipients

By: - July 7, 2020

More than 104,000 Colorado businesses received between a total $7.9 billion and $14.9 billion in emergency funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration lending initiative authorized by Congress earlier this year to help employers cope with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the SBA this week. […]

Pipeline projects suffer setbacks across the country. Is Jordan Cove next?

By: - July 7, 2020

It hasn’t been a good few days for companies in the oil and gas pipeline business. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which famously sparked protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during its construction in 2016, will be temporarily shut down and emptied of oil after a federal judge on July 6 ordered regulators to conduct […]

Colorado braces for high-risk July 4th wildfire conditions

By: - July 3, 2020

Millions of Americans across Colorado and the West are heading out to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend — but federal officials and wildland firefighters will be hard at work, keeping a close eye on hot, dry conditions that forecasters say are ripe for dangerous wildfires. “There’s a lot of people who have been […]

Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities

By: - July 3, 2020

When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]

Neguse touts Colorado priorities in House climate-action plan

By: - July 1, 2020

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse is celebrating Colorado’s contribution to a landmark congressional climate-change plan, and pledging to continue pressing for stronger federal policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to clean energy. “Solving the Climate Crisis,” the report released by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on June 30, contains […]

Relief money flows to Colorado’s oil and gas industry as global emissions rise

By: - July 1, 2020

Last month, as federal officials continued to expand their historic efforts to rescue American businesses from the economic chaos caused by the spread of COVID-19, Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy — and no one was less surprised than veteran environmental activist Phil Doe. “We predicted it a […]

Hickenlooper defeats Romanoff in Democratic Senate primary

By: and - July 1, 2020

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper overcame a series of blunders in the final months of his Democratic primary campaign to best rival Andrew Romanoff, a former state House speaker, by nearly 20 percentage points, according to unofficial results from the Colorado secretary of state’s office. As of June 10, Hickenlooper had raised nearly $12 million in […]

Republican incumbent Tipton loses to challenger from the right

By: , and - July 1, 2020

While the main contest in Tuesday’s election was that between Colorado Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate — former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper beat former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff — the primary ballot contained several other significant races. In the 3rd congressional district — which encompasses Colorado’s Western Slope, plus Pueblo County — five-term Republican […]