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Tracee BentleyTracee BentleyApril 26, 20185min548

Coloradans, by virtue of our surrounding beauty, are environmentalists. We respect the land, our water, and our air while we enjoy our earth’s resources. For those of us for whom the land and its vast resources are our livelihood, we are encouraged to see the momentous strides to bolster American security, economic growth and environmental sustainability. We celebrate them this Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week. Our land in Colorado provides for our families and communities, and industries, such as natural gas and oil as well as agriculture, are vital to fulfilling modern expectations for life, health and prosperity.



Mark JaffeMark JaffeMarch 15, 20184min507

A bill to focus and enhance reporting of oil and gas industry spills and accidents cleared the House Transportation Energy Committee Wednesday over the objections of the oil and gas industry. The bill, House Bill 1157, passed with the committee’s eight Democrats voting for it and the five Republicans opposing it. The lesigation is a copy of the reporting rules for Utah, according to State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, the bill’s sponsor.



Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsNovember 16, 20171min384
The Colorado Petroleum Council issued the following statement regarding the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Quality Control Commission’s new rule. “Our industry continues to focus on our commitment to responsible development of energy resources in a manner consistent with protection of the environment, public health and safety,” said Colorado Petroleum Council Executive […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 23, 20176min436

There are some 100 witnesses lined up to testify at the committee hearing for a bill that would require oil and gas drillers to site wells at least 1,000 feet from school property. Attendees are hoping the hearing finishes by midnight. No one at the Capitol could be surprised by the turnout at the hearing. The overwhelming majority of witnesses at the hearing are residents of northern Front Range Colorado counties that have been pocked over the last five years with thousands of wells. It’s an area where agricultural fields increasingly give way to commuter suburbs — a roughly 5,000 square-mile region that stretches from Denver International Airport north of the city to the Wyoming border. It is one of the hubs of the boom-time oil and gas fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, activity that has criss-crossed the state.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 17, 20175min526

"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.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 10, 201711min583

Jack Gerard is bullish on the oil and gas industry and its role in the the energy and manufacturing future. He would be, of course, because he is <a href="http://www.api.org/about/president-and-ceo" target="_blank">president and CEO</a> of the American Petroleum Institute, the oil and gas industry’s comprehensive trade group and lobby shop. Gerard was in Denver this week to touch base with Colorado, one of the top ten oil and gas producing states in the nation, an anchor state of the American west and a top conservation and clean energy state. Colorado is a laboratory of innovation in energy production, use and regulation. It’s also a political swing state. A man like Jack Gerard can’t stay away too long.


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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 10, 20177min417

In an appearance at an energy industry event on Thursday, Gov. John Hickenlooper was a study in moderation, fielding questions on hot-button topics that have charged state politics for all of his time in office. He put on a kind of clinic in how to walk a center line on the issues, even when leveling a cautionary note against the urge in the era of one-party Republican rule in Washington to steamroll long-targeted rules and regulations on the fossil fuel industries. “In the next few months, how do we keep the momentum moving forward… toward a future of cleaner air and cleaner water and cheaper energy?” he asked. “Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater and not swing too far one way or the other, to where there’s resentment and retribution and payback. I hope we don’t descend to a place where it’s us versus them and into the very bitter kinds of discussions that that can bring.”



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 24, 20174min357
Coloradans are getting in the fight over repealing newly enacted rules to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas wells on public lands. The rules, published in November, would require companies to capture methane they leak or vent. Besides keeping gases that contribute to global warming out of the atmosphere, proponents say the methane […]

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Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonJanuary 15, 201714min779

The fossil fuel divestment movement may be losing steam in Colorado, but activists are hoping to reverse the slide by convincing the University of Denver to sell off its investments in coal, oil and natural gas. The University of Denver Board of Trustees is scheduled to consider at its Jan. 20 meeting a report from the board’s Divestment Task Force, which has met seven times since it was formed in response to an April request from the student organization Divest DU. So far divestment has failed to catch on in Colorado despite the best efforts of climate-change groups such as New York-based 350.org, which has championed the strategy as a way to tar the oil-and-gas industry's public image and bottom line.