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Effort to fund Colorado Energy Office fails after Republicans raise objections

Ponnequin Wind Farm near Carr, Colo. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

An effort to save much of the Colorado Energy Office failed on Tuesday after Republicans objected to a funding request made by the governor’s office. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, asked for $3.1 million to preserve the Energy Office, which — in addition to promoting renewable energy — also assists schools, the agriculture industry and […]

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Noonan: Oil and gas ‘sides’ need to move forward to secure public safety

Paula Noonan
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, […]

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Environmental groups ask Hickenlooper not to appeal oil and gas drilling decision

Environmental groups are encouraging the governor not to appeal a Colorado Court of Appeals decision emphasizing health and safety in permitting drilling. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and former geologist, has until Thursday to decide whether to appeal the case, which could require state oil and gas regulators to take another look at a request to […]

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Firestone tragedy unlikely to shake up Capitol oil and gas politics

In this April 18, 2017, photo, investigators stand by as debris is removed from a house that was destroyed in a deadly explosion in Firestone, Colo., on April 17. Anadarko Petroleum said Wednesday, April 26, that it operated a well about 200 feet (60 meters) from the house in the town of Firestone. The company didn't say whether the well was believed to be a factor in the explosion or whether it produced oil, gas or both. (Matthew Jonas/The Daily Times Call via AP)
A lot has changed in the wake of the oil and gas industry-linked explosion at the end of April in Firestone that killed two. Anadarko Petroleum shut down 3,000 wells. Matt Lepore, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director, spoke about conducting “an ongoing conversation about new safety measures” of one kind or another.

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Firestone blast prompts Colorado bill to require disclosure of pipelines

In the wake of a deadly explosion that killed two, injured a third and leveled their home in Firestone, legislation filed today at Colorado’s Capitol would require public notice by oil-and-gas drillers of underground pipelines tied to their operations. House Bill 1372 would require oil and gas operators to “give electronic notice … of the location of each subsurface oil […]

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Gas line linked to fatal Firestone home explosion stirs political storm

Evidence that a home explosion that killed two people in Firestone was caused by natural gas leaking from an old pipeline has kicked off a broader political conversation. In many ways the conversation is not new. Concerns surrounding oil and gas activities have stirred for years. But drawing a direct connection to the tragedy in […]

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Top Colorado regulator uncertain ‘what happens next’ after fatal Firestone explosion linked to oil and gas operations

COGCC Director Matt Lepore at his second press conference in six days, May 2, 2017. (Screen shot from live feed.)

Matt Lepore, director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, told reporters Tuesday afternoon that it was a “confluence of events” tied to an uncapped line leading to a gas well that led to the fatal home explosion in Firestone April 17. He said that state well inspections and regulations would not necessarily prevent […]

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Sweeping changes to energy policy proposed with days left in Colorado legislative session

Republican state Sen. Ray Scott has proposed sweeping changes to energy policy and statutes in Colorado with only days left in the legislative session. The 57-page bill from Scott, Senate Bill 301, addresses everything from increasing registration fees for electric vehicles, to a restructuring of the Colorado Energy Office. “The Energy Office’s original focus on […]

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Investigation into oil and gas ties to deadly Firestone explosion renews setback talks

An investigation into a well operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in connection with a house explosion that killed two in Firestone last week offers fodder to setback conversations. Anadarko, one of Colorado’s largest oil and gas producers, announced Wednesday that it has shut down more than 3,000 wells in northeast Colorado. A well sits 178 […]

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