Chase Woodruff

Chase Woodruff

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

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 […]

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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 […]

Gov. Polis to serve as vice chair of Western Governors’ Association

By: - June 30, 2021

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will serve as vice chair of the Western Governors’ Association, the bipartisan group of chief executives from 19 states across the West, he announced at the association’s annual meeting on Wednesday. “I’m excited and humbled to serve as the Western Governors’ Association’s vice chair next year,” Polis said. “We’re looking forward […]

Biden, Western governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

By: - June 30, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

Biden to announce expanded federal wildfire efforts in meeting with Western governors

By: - June 30, 2021

President Joe Biden will announce measures to expand the federal government’s wildfire response and mitigation efforts and increase pay for wildland firefighters during a meeting with Western governors and Cabinet officials on Wednesday, a senior administration official said. Fueled by climate change, extreme heat and drought across much of the West have led to a […]

Preliminary state legislative maps released by redistricting commission

By: - June 29, 2021

Colorado’s Independent Legislative Redistricting Commission on Tuesday released preliminary plans for the state’s once-a-decade update to the Colorado General Assembly’s 100 legislative districts, but the commission cautioned that final details are likely to change as it receives public feedback and more granular population data. The preliminary maps draw new boundaries for 65 seats in the […]

Preliminary congressional map released by Colorado redistricting commission

By: - June 23, 2021

A preliminary plan released by Colorado’s Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission on Wednesday would create a new Democratic-leaning 8th District in Denver’s northern suburbs, substantially alter the boundaries of the Western Slope’s conservative 3rd District and make the 7th District seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter much more competitive. The proposed map, which is […]

Colorado wildfires: Latest updates on the 2021 fire season

By: and - June 17, 2021

Colorado experienced an active start to the 2021 wildfire season, with multiple large fires burning tens of thousands of acres across the state in late spring and early summer. The early wildfire activity came one year after more than 650,000 acres burned in Colorado’s worst fire season on record and amid concerns from state and […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper tout CORE Act in Senate committee hearing

By: - June 16, 2021

Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper spoke in support of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, a bill that would establish a variety of protections for more than 400,000 acres of federally-owned land across Colorado, during a hearing on Wednesday before the Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural […]