Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

Democrats advance climate bill, drop gas-powered lawn equipment ban

By: - March 16, 2022

Democrats in the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee on Tuesday advanced a wide-ranging package aimed at boosting the state’s efforts to fight climate change — but not before dropping the provision that had attracted the fiercest opposition from Republicans. As originally written, Senate Bill 22-138, sponsored by Sen. Chris Hansen of Denver, would have prohibited […]

Drill baby drill? Colorado oil producers have nearly 3,000 approved permits

By: - March 11, 2022

For the second time in 10 days, a major Colorado oil producer told shareholders that it’s unlikely to ramp up production amid skyrocketing global energy prices, promising instead to funnel much of the additional cash flow into investors’ pockets. Speaking on an earnings call Wednesday, Civitas Resources chairman and CEO Ben Dell told investors that […]

Colorado election deniers sued by civil rights groups over door-to-door ‘intimidation’

By: - March 9, 2022

A trio of civil rights organizations has sued a group of far-right Colorado election conspiracists in federal court, alleging that their unsuccessful efforts to uncover fraud through door-to-door canvassing amount to a “voter intimidation campaign” in violation of the Ku Klux Klan Act. The suit, filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court by the Colorado […]

Gov. Polis joins other governors to call for federal gas tax suspension

By: - March 8, 2022

With gasoline prices nationwide expected to continue their upward surge in the wake of President Joe Biden’s ban on the importation of oil from Russia, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday reiterated his support for a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax. In a joint letter to congressional leaders, Polis and five other Democratic […]

Colorado group to file school ‘transparency’ ballot measure linked to national anti-equity campaigns

By: - March 4, 2022

Proponents of a recently defeated bill to require Colorado school districts to publish detailed lists of educational materials online plan to launch a similar effort through a 2022 ballot measure, a conservative group said Friday. State Rep. Tim Geitner, a Republican from El Paso County and the legislation’s only sponsor, will file the ballot initiative […]

Why Colorado drillers are unlikely to pump more oil amid Russia-Ukraine crisis

By: - March 3, 2022

As the global oil market continued to be rocked by the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Denver-based drilling giant PDC Energy on Monday held a conference call with investors to tout its latest acquisition and lay out its financial and operational plans for 2022. The message delivered to shareholders by chief financial officer Scott […]

U.S. should prepare for ‘long game’ on Ukraine aid and sanctions, Rep. Crow says

By: - March 2, 2022

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second week, Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado said Wednesday that the international community should be prepared for a long-haul effort to provide military and humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people and maintain aggressive economic sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s regime. But Crow, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 6th […]

Colorado oil and gas regulators approve ‘strongest in the nation’ financial rules

By: - March 2, 2022

Colorado regulators on Tuesday approved a sweeping set of new financial requirements for oil and gas companies that operate within the state, completing the last major rule change mandated by a landmark drilling reform law passed by Democrats in the General Assembly three years ago. The five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously […]

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg touts Biden infrastructure plan in Colorado visit

By: - February 24, 2022

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday visited one of the most notorious portions of Colorado’s Interstate 70 corridor to tout the impact of the $550 billion package of new infrastructure spending signed into law by President Joe Biden last year. Top Colorado Democrats including Gov. Jared Polis, Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and […]

Sen. Winter joins progressive lawmakers in urging feds to keep focus on climate, equity in infrastructure plan

By: - February 23, 2022

A leading voice on transportation issues in the Colorado Capitol is joining fellow state lawmakers from around the country to urge federal officials to implement last year’s $550 billion infrastructure package with an eye towards climate and equity concerns, firing back at Republican objections to a recent policy memo issued by President Joe Biden’s administration. […]

Colorado members of Congress weigh in on Ukraine crisis as Russian invasion underway

By: - February 22, 2022

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado was among the two dozen members of a bipartisan congressional delegation that traveled to Europe over the weekend for the Munich Security Conference, where Western leaders met to discuss the threat posed by a buildup of Russian military forces along the border with Ukraine. As Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

Colorado to delay clean-trucks rule to 2023, frustrating environmentalists again

By: - February 16, 2022

Last August, amid Colorado’s worst summer for air quality in over a decade, environmental groups petitioned state officials to fast-track consideration of a proposal to reduce trucking emissions, only to have their proposals swiftly batted down. Garry Kaufman, then-director of the state’s Air Pollution Control Division, said moving adoption of the so-called Advanced Clean Trucks […]