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Jessica MachettaDecember 12, 20177min383
Stop the Martinez appeal. That was the message from more than 60 people who crowded the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission meeting. It was standing room only at the Chancery Building in Denver Monday with several spilling out into the hallway as they waited to voice health and safety concerns. One protester even gave […]

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Paula NoonanPaula NoonanMay 31, 20175min458

Both “sides” in the arguments over oil and gas development say the other is “taking advantage” of the explosions in Firestone and Mead. This should not be a time for sides. This should be a time for serious analysis. It can also provide an opening that should, for the sake of everyone in the state, cut through sides to allow common sense to function. Both accidents caused violent fire and explosions leading to death and serious injuries in non-industrial environments. The Mead accident occurred 1,000 feet from other buildings, according to reports. The Firestone explosion blew up a house as a pipe leaked gas that followed French drains into the Martinez’s basement.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMay 5, 20174min586

State Rep. Lori Saine, a Republican who represents constituents rocked by a recent fatal oil and gas industry-related home explosion in Firestone, strongly opposes a bill <a href="https://www.coloradostatesman.com/gas-patch-lawmakers-bring-late-bill-to-map-oil-and-gas-well-flowlines-in-wake-of-firestone-tragedy/" target="_blank">introduced Friday morning</a> that would require the drilling industry to make available well flowline mapping data to regulators and the public.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 19, 201715min473

In Colorado, the rule is that oil and gas wells can be sited 1,000 feet from a school building. A bill that aimed to update that rule to measure the setback instead from the school property line drew crowds to the Capitol this month to testify in support of it and major drilling industry figures to argue against it. In the end, there were no surprises concerning its fate. Oil and gas drilling has long been a top partisan issue at the Legislature.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 17, 20175min536

"Yeah, it seems like they don't like it that much," said state Rep. Mike Foote on Thursday. He was talking about the oil and gas industry's view of his new drilling setback bill. Foote's <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1256" target="_blank">House Bill 1256</a> would clarify that the minimum 1,000-foot distance separating schools from new oil and gas wells must be measured from the school property line, not from the school building. Foote, a Democrat from Lafayette and a Boulder County deputy district attorney, has taken up the issue of suburban drilling on the northern Front Range repeatedly at the Legislature, only to run into stiff resistance from the industry and Republican lawmakers. He said he has been in preliminary communication with the industry about his bill.



Jared WrightJared WrightAugust 10, 201633min394

DENVER — Good morning and welcome to your main diet staple in Colorado political news ... and easy to digest too - well, at least in terms of the format. The topics, maybe not so much. Lots of political reporters covering the anti-fracking petition signatures turned in Monday, but still heaps of confidence from sources close to the situation that these groups failed to collect enough signatures to secure Initiative 75 and 78's places on November's ballot. Meanwhile, Gov. John Hickenlooper made three appointments to another governing body with huge regulatory scope over the oil and gas industry. Also going down, Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is taking new fire from Democrat activists -- including state Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and the renewable energy industry insiders -- for his policy positions. As always, read on for your great daily glimpse under the Colorado politics rug ...