Environment

Colorado’s buildings are a 6 billion square-foot climate change problem

BY: - July 24, 2020

Ask your average eco-conscious Coloradan to imagine a world without fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, and you’ll likely hear a lot about wind farms, solar panels and streets full of electric cars and buses — and not so much about the air circulating through their home, or the water coming out of their faucets. […]

Most of Colorado still in drought despite slight increase in precipitation

BY: - July 24, 2020

At least 74% of Colorado now is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, with over 30% of the state, mostly in southern Colorado, under extreme drought conditions.  Though slight increases in precipitation in July have brought small signs of relief, experts remain worried about how the statewide drought and […]

Fracking ban in Boulder County sought by environmental groups for 2020 ballot

BY: - July 23, 2020

A coalition of environmental and community groups is calling on the Boulder County Board of Commissioners to refer a measure to the 2020 ballot asking voters to approve a ban on oil and gas development — along with a small sales tax hike to defray the costs of a likely legal challenge. A draft ballot […]

Great American Outdoors Act, other Colorado public-lands bills passed by House

BY: - July 22, 2020

Public-lands advocates in Colorado and beyond are celebrating the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill that will boost funding for a critical federal conservation program and provide $9.5 billion to help clear a backlog of maintenance projects in the U.S. National Parks System. Passage of the bill, which […]

‘Green stimulus’ could mean thousands of jobs plugging oil and gas wells, says report

BY: - July 20, 2020

As environmental activists in Colorado continue to worry about a potential spike in the number of abandoned oil and gas wells due to the industry’s financial struggles, a new report suggests that a “green stimulus” program by the federal government could solve both problems at once — employing laid-off oil and gas workers to plug […]

Colorado’s greenhouse gas rules are still a year or more away

BY: - July 17, 2020

Clean-energy experts, environmentalists, community advocates and state officials have a long list of ideas about how Colorado can ramp up its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change — but it will likely be a while before regulators implement any of them. Members of Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission held a special […]

Gross Reservoir expansion receives final federal approval

BY: - July 17, 2020

Denver Water — which provides water to around a quarter of Colorado’s population — received final approval Friday from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to move forward with the expansion of Gross Reservoir in Boulder County. The expansion of the reservoir will raise the facility’s dam 131 feet and will increase the capacity of the […]

Trump’s easing of key environmental law slammed by top Colorado Democrats

BY: - July 16, 2020

Top Democrats and environmental advocates in Colorado had harsh words for President Donald Trump’s decision to weaken a longstanding environmental law that requires extensive federal review processes for large industrial and infrastructure projects. The White House Council on Environmental Quality announced on July 15 that it had finalized work to “modernize” certain provisions of the […]

Net-zero emissions by 2040? Council committee advances bill to achieve ‘aggressive plan’

BY: - July 15, 2020

A proposal to increase Denver’s sales tax to better fund the city’s efforts to address climate change is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot. In a unanimous vote, Denver City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness Committee gave preliminary approval on July 15 to a bill that, if passed by the full […]

Colorado farmers struggle to cope with a drought that keeps coming back

BY: - July 15, 2020

It’s no fun having to water your crops at night, but for Abe Rosenberg and many other farmers across southern Colorado right now, the weather isn’t giving them much of a choice. “If we try to water during the day, or even in the morning, it’ll just evaporate too quickly,” said Rosenberg, who owns a […]

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Court made signature gathering harder. Some ballot initiative groups are undeterred.

BY: - July 10, 2020

Despite a recent Colorado Supreme Court order that makes collecting tens of thousands of voter signatures an even more difficult task during the COVID-19 pandemic, at least a few groups remain optimistic they’ll be able to make the state’s August deadline to submit initiative petitions. Others, however, including one that aimed to create new setback […]

More abandoned oil and gas wells likely in Colorado — but how many?

BY: - July 9, 2020

At some point in the next few weeks, PetroShare Corp., an Englewood-based oil and gas producer that has operated in Colorado since its founding in 2012, will legally cease to exist. Under a bankruptcy plan approved in May, its assets, which include 80 producing or shut-in wells scattered across Weld, Adams and Arapahoe counties, will […]