Environment

Oil and gas commission launches major overhaul of state drilling regulations

BY: - August 24, 2020

Reaching for a way to describe the challenge facing the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at an Aug. 24 hearing, agency director Julie Murphy picked a Colorado-appropriate metaphor. “The only way that I could think about summarizing what the last decade, or year, or month has been for so many of us … is […]

Colorado lawmakers join calls to Polis administration for faster climate regulation

BY: - August 24, 2020

Two sponsors of the landmark climate-change legislation passed by Colorado Democrats in 2019 have joined a growing chorus of criticism against Gov. Jared Polis’s administration over what environmental advocates say are unacceptable delays in implementing the new law. In a statement issued Aug. 21, state Sen. Faith Winter and state Rep. Dominique Jackson charged the […]

Oil and gas groups block briefing for officials on health impacts of drilling

BY: - August 19, 2020

Colorado’s five new oil and gas commissioners were set to hear a presentation from state officials on the health impacts of drilling this week — but oil and gas interest groups objected, and the commission agreed to cancel the briefing. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chair Jeff Robbins noted the decision at the beginning […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado wildfires should rekindle action on climate crisis

BY: - August 19, 2020

Amidst the chaos of a novel coronavirus and historic presidential elections, Coloradans have been starkly reminded of another threat looming large — climate change. As of Tuesday, over 134,000 acres are burning in Colorado. The Pine Gulch Fire is already the fourth largest fire in the state’s history (and growing), and most of the fires […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19, wildfires at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 18

BY: - August 18, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 18, on Colorado’s COVID-19 situation and the status of four wildfires burning amid exceptionally hot, dry weather in the state. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or […]

Wildfire updates: 130,000 acres burned as hot, dry weather continues

BY: - August 17, 2020

Four major wildfires have burned an area of more than 130,000 acres across Colorado in recent weeks, 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 left 100% of the state under an official drought classification […]

Polis administration faces second lawsuit over delayed climate regulations

BY: - August 17, 2020

A second environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the state of Colorado over a landmark 2019 climate-change law, alleging that Gov. Jared Polis’ administration has flouted a key deadline for proposing new greenhouse-gas emissions rules.  The lawsuit, filed by the Environmental Defense Fund on Aug. 5 in Denver District Court, names the state’s Air […]

Gov. Polis visits two Western Slope wildfires as two others ignite, spread rapidly

BY: - August 14, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis visited with local officials and firefighting crews at command centers near two wildfires on Colorado’s Western Slope on Friday morning, as two other blazes grew rapidly in Larimer and Grand counties. Speaking to reporters in Eagle, a few miles east of the 14,000-acre Grizzly Creek Fire, Polis said the blaze was the […]

Colorado congressman Neguse launches overhaul of federal pesticide rules

BY: - August 13, 2020

Boulder’s U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is leading the first attempt in decades to overhaul national pesticide regulations. The Colorado Democrat is sponsoring a bill in the House that would ban three common chemicals, revamp the process for approving new products and allow cities like Boulder to adopt stricter standards. While it’s unlikely that the Neguse […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

BY: - August 12, 2020

By Sheela Mahnke How do you know it’s summer in Colorado? Sadly, it’s not just because of the beauty of the hikes you might be taking or the wonderful camping experiences you might be having. Often, it’s because our highways, news outlets, and social media feeds are filled with ozone warnings asking us to limit […]

‘Extremely active and fast-moving’: Western Slope wildfires continue to grow

BY: - August 12, 2020

A pair of major wildfires on Colorado’s Western Slope have spread rapidly in recent days and are expected to continue to grow on Wednesday amid extremely hot, dry and windy conditions. Located about 50 miles apart, the Pine Gulch Fire and the Grizzly Creek Fire have both been supercharged by the severe drought conditions that […]

Pine Gulch Fire poised to crack state’s top 10 largest wildfires

BY: - August 11, 2020

Two major wildfires burning on the Western Slope have forced evacuations, shut down Colorado’s main east-west interstate and are poised to blanket the Front Range in a thick layer of haze. Dramatic images captured Monday showed the early stages of a fire burning along Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs. Named the Grizzly Creek Fire — […]