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Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Colorado releases climate action ‘roadmap’ for meeting emissions targets

By: - September 30, 2020

It will be “no small task” to meet the greenhouse-gas emissions targets enacted by Colorado lawmakers in 2019, Gov. Jared Polis’ administration said in a new planning document, but additional legislative and regulatory actions can help put the state on the right path. The draft version of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, released […]

Where and how to watch the first 2020 presidential debate in Colorado

By: - September 29, 2020

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will face off in the first of three presidential debates Tuesday in Cleveland. The 90-minute debate will be broadcast on all major news networks beginning at 7 p.m. MT. Social media networks including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will also livestream the debate online. Moderated by Fox […]

Democratic-aligned ethics group calls for transparency from Gardner over wife’s oil and gas clients

By: - September 25, 2020

A Democratic-aligned ethics watchdog group is raising questions about whether Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has personally profited from oil and gas companies whose interests he has advanced in Congress. A report, planned for release Friday, by the Congressional Integrity Project takes aim at High Plains Communications LLC, the small consulting firm owned by Gardner’s wife, […]

‘Fight tooth and nail’: Democrats want hardball from party leaders on Supreme Court fight

By: - September 22, 2020

As it becomes increasingly clear that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans plan to quickly confirm a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, many Democrats are vowing payback — but so far, top Colorado Democrats aren’t among them. A spokesperson for Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, did not answer directly […]

Statewide ballot measures

By: and - September 20, 2020

Colorado voters in the 2020 general election will decide 11 proposed changes to the Colorado Constitution and state statutes. Four of the ballot measures are constitutional amendments. Seven are statutory propositions. Three of the measures were placed on the ballot by the state legislature, seven by citizen initiative and one — Proposition 113 — by […]

State officials reach settlement with Postal Service over misleading election mailers

By: - September 18, 2020

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Friday announced that state officials had reached a settlement with the U.S. Postal Service over its distribution of postcards containing misleading information on vote-by-mail procedures last week. “I am pleased with the settlement we reached today with the U.S. Postal Service,” Griswold said in a statement. “The terms […]

Colorado wildfires: Latest updates on active 2020 fire season

By: and - September 17, 2020

Colorado experienced its worst wildfire season on record in the summer and fall of 2020, with more than two dozen major blazes burning an area of more than 681,000 acres, resulting in the deaths of at least two people, damage to hundreds of structures and hazardous levels of smoke and other forms of air pollution […]

Increased setbacks a ‘ban’ on drilling? A new study shows otherwise.

By: - September 15, 2020

Roughly 90% of the oil and gas resources in Colorado’s top-producing county would remain accessible through modern drilling techniques under a 2,000-foot “setback” requirement proposed last week by state regulators, a new study projects. The results of the peer-reviewed study, conducted by three Colorado-based economists and published in a forthcoming issue of the scientific journal […]

Vast majority of misleading Postal Service flyers on mail-in voting already delivered to Coloradans

By: - September 14, 2020

Three-quarters of the misleading voter-information mailers that prompted the state of Colorado to sue the U.S. Postal Service late last week have already been delivered, and a large portion of the rest are on their way, Postal Service officials told a federal judge on Sunday. More than 1.6 million Colorado households had already received the […]

Oil and gas regulators signal support for 2,000-foot setbacks

By: - September 10, 2020

A majority of the commission overseeing oil and gas drilling in Colorado on Wednesday voiced support for a significant increase in the state’s mandatory “setback” distances between new wells and occupied buildings. “I think we’re tasked with making a setback, and a regulatory regime, that is protective,” Jeff Robbins, chair of the Colorado Oil and […]

Renewed federal aid urged by Colorado Democrats, labor groups

By: - September 9, 2020

Joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Colorado Democrats and union leaders on Wednesday warned of an urgent need for more federal relief as workers and local governments across the state continue to suffer economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Local governments and state governments desperately need the help, and the suffering is […]

State regulators near decision on oil and gas setback distances

By: - September 8, 2020

Within weeks of suffering defeat at the ballot box in 2018, anti-fracking group Colorado Rising announced its plans to fight on, hiring former Democratic State Rep. Joe Salazar to lead its continued efforts to hold what it called “bad government actors and abusive oil and gas companies” accountable. Now, nearly two years after voters soundly […]