Tom PyleTom PyleMarch 17, 20176min272

There’s an old and unfortunate truth about Washington, DC: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” For the past eight years, the Obama administration’s “keep-it-in-the-ground” policies have kept the oil and gas industry “on the menu” and stymied responsible energy development and threatened to make energy more expensive for Colorado families.


John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 10, 201711min315

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="" 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.


Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 11, 20179min248

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is throwing her support behind the U.S. Bureau of Land Management as it defends itself in court against environmentalists opposed to oil and gas development projects. The environmentalists are pursuing a federal lawsuit to halt Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leases in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. The oil companies plan to drill for oil and use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on 379,950 acres of public lands.


John TomasicJohn TomasicDecember 14, 201614min275

State Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have signaled they will dedicate additional resources and attention next year to energy and environmental issues, but in the turbulent wake of the surprise election of Donald Trump as president, the news has observers wondering whether the party caucuses are simply shoring up positions or seeing new opportunity to move beyond long-established partisan territories. Speculation launched at the end of November, when Senate Republicans announced they had formed a new Select Committee on Energy and Environment. “I know people are kind of scratching their heads,” said committee Chairman Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction. “I can say that the committee will be less about passing legislation and more about gathering information and getting it right. We tend to send energy bills to committees to do instead of fully discussing them. So this committee is going to be about gathering information that is correct, the best information, and reporting it back to the people. We want to help educate lawmakers and, more important, to help educate the public.


Adam McCoyAdam McCoyAugust 29, 201610min282

The Green Party’s Jill Stein made a presidential campaign stop in the Centennial State Saturday, courting the undecided Colorado voter, dissatisfied with the two major party candidates. Stein, a physician from Massachusetts, rallied a modest group of supporters at Colorado Springs’ Acacia Park, before leading a march through downtown chanting political battle cries like “Jill not Hill,” on their way to the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church where a larger group of more than 100 gathered.


Kelly SloanKelly SloanMay 19, 20169min403

Among the persistent vexations in Colorado politics is the lingering and recurrent threat of ballot initiatives. These campaigns are often conceived by special interest groups to upend the balance of power in one area of law or another. Ask many who work in politics, and they will tell you ballot proposals often pose unintended consequences to the state. Colorado's oil and gas industry is a frequent, almost annual example of this phenomenon. In response, a statewide campaign involving business groups, property rights advocates, chambers, elected officials, community leaders and industry groups has emerged in the state, designed to proactively defeat anti-oil and gas initiatives — several of which are expected to appear on voter’s November ballots.   The effort, dubbed “Protect Colorado's Environment, Economy and Energy Independence,” or simply “Protect Colorado,” was forged in direct response to a number of proposed ballot initiatives aimed at upending Colorado's oil and gas industry. These include proposals this year to increase setbacks for oil and gas equipment to what many experts contend are unreasonable distances. Another measure goes even further, giving local governments the right to ban energy development within their jurisdictions altogether.


Jennifer KernsJennifer KernsApril 13, 20168min208

Anti-fracking environmental activists aim to have three proposals on the November ballot that would make it tougher for the energy industry to engage in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in Colorado. The three initiatives — numbered 63, 75 and 78 — filed by Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development are the last proposals standing from the nearly dozen initially filed by activists last year. Initiative 78 proposes a mandatory setback of at least 2,500 feet for any new oil and gas wells - including wells that undergo fracking - from occupied structures or what proponents call "areas of concern." Those areas of concern could include lakes, rivers, playgrounds, sports fields, public parks, open spaces, outdoor concert facilities, and drinking water sources (even though Gov. John Hickenlooper himself drank fracking water a few years ago to prove it is safe).