Environment

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, […]

Colorado wildfires: Latest updates on active 2020 fire season

BY: and - September 17, 2020

Major wildfires have burned an area of more than 618,100 acres (not including the Mullen Fire, which has burned mostly in Wyoming) across Colorado in recent months, causing evacuations, highway closures and potentially hazardous levels of smoke and other forms of air pollution in many parts of the state. Amid hot, dry weather that has […]

Sweeping federal protections inch closer for 400,000 acres of western Colorado public lands

BY: - September 16, 2020

Four long-standing efforts to protect tracts of public lands in western Colorado are closer to becoming law after Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation bundled them and attached the package to a must-pass defense authorization bill. The public lands measure, called the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act, extends varying levels of federal […]

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 […]

Water speculators could face more obstacles based on work by new group

BY: - September 12, 2020

Some feel like it’s something straight out of a dystopian movie. Others say it’s already happening: out-of-state companies purchasing Colorado water rights as an investment for when water gets so scarce that the price skyrockets. “Water speculators aren’t in the business of using the water, they’re in the business of owning the water for future […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oil companies rely on controversial firm to rebut Colorado health study

BY: - September 4, 2020

One day after Colorado health officials briefed a state rulemaking panel on the potential health risks posed by oil and gas drilling, industry groups brought in an expert of their own to downplay the state’s findings — and her comments were blunt. “My expert conclusion is that there’s no credible, causal evidence that current setback […]

Trump administration rule would ‘streamline’ oil and gas drilling in Colorado’s national forests

BY: - September 2, 2020

When officials at the Bureau of Land Management sold the rights to drill for oil and gas on nearly 5,000 acres of land in Colorado’s White River National Forest in September 2018, it was the culmination of years of careful planning. Though environmentalists protested the lease sales, the six parcels in question had been offered […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado should live up to its responsibility as The Headwaters State

BY: - September 1, 2020

By Ean Thomas Tafoya and Hannah Collazo The pandemic has revealed much about the inequities that plague our nation, the resiliency of our communities, and that health is tied to zip code. Now is the time for our lawmakers to enact policies that protect the health and wellbeing of their constituents on the frontlines who […]

COMMENTARY

Oil and gas interests are trying to subvert a landmark law

BY: - August 28, 2020

Colorado lawmakers in 2019 enacted several pieces of landmark environmental legislation, including a bill meant to provide new protections against the harmful effects of oil and gas extraction. But some industry interests, along with accomplices in several local governments, are attempting to distort the intent of the bill by lobbying regulators for less local restrictions […]

‘Local control’ becomes battle in Colorado oil and gas rules overhaul

BY: - August 27, 2020

Betsy Leonard and her husband have lived in Battlement Mesa, a planned community northeast of Grand Junction, for 15 years. But not long after moving into their retirement home, nestled in the scenic desert bluffs of the Colorado River valley, the Leonards found themselves at odds with an unwelcome new neighbor. In 2009, Denver-based Antero […]