Environment

Colorado releases climate action ‘roadmap’ for meeting emissions targets

BY: - September 30, 2020

It will be “no small task” to meet the greenhouse-gas emissions targets enacted by Colorado lawmakers in 2019, Gov. Jared Polis’ administration said in a new planning document, but additional legislative and regulatory actions can help put the state on the right path. The draft version of the state’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, released […]

COMMENTARY

Climate change will kill more people than COVID-19

BY: - September 30, 2020

Smoke first filled my home two months ago. For once in the Mile High state, inhaling isn’t the answer. Most days my weather app now reads “unhealthy air quality.” Headaches, fatigue and a scratchy throat have become as much of my daily routine as caffeine and pajama-pant Zoom calls. At least once a week I […]

Federal judge boots William Perry Pendley from BLM acting director role

BY: - September 26, 2020

A federal judge in Montana has ordered that conservative firebrand William Perry Pendley should not lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, saying that Pendley has “served unlawfully” for more than a year. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris in his ruling on Friday also barred Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt from “unlawfully delegating […]

COMMENTARY

EPA’s methane rollbacks will adversely affect the health of all Coloradans

BY: - September 25, 2020

By Patrick Hager Have you noticed Colorado’s air quality in recent weeks? Many of us have been forced to shelter indoors, away from the haze of fires burning in both Colorado and California that are obscuring Denver’s skies. The smog has gotten so thick, the mountains aren’t visible, to the point that it is disorienting, […]

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

Colorado experienced its worst wildfire season on record in the summer and fall of 2020, with more than two dozen major blazes burning an area of more than 681,000 acres, resulting in the deaths of at least two people, damage to hundreds of structures and hazardous levels of smoke and other forms of air pollution […]

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 […]