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Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 8, 20183min641

The fracking war in the Colorado legislature continued to be one of attrition, as a Republican bill to force communities to pay up if they ban oil-and-gas operations was killed by Democratic majority in the House. The Republican majority in the Senate returned the gesture by killing a Democratic bill to give more regulatory control to local governments.



Tracee BentleyTracee BentleyMarch 5, 20185min2738

The natural gas and oil industry has made significant strides enhancing American security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. The industry is leading the energy renaissance with the advancement of technology that allows for precise, efficient exploration and development with minimal environmental impact. Not only is environmental stewardship important to millions of Coloradans, it’s important to the natural gas and oil industry.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 2, 20186min1080
It’s a new year, but it’s the same legislative outcome for Democratic bills to regulate oil and gas or to promote renewable energy in Colorado. Republicans Thursday made short work of two Senate bills that would pledge the state to get all its energy from renewable sources by 2035, and another to hold oil and […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 19, 201715min407

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 23, 20176min397

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, 20175min467

"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, 201711min483

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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Valerie RichardsonValerie RichardsonJanuary 15, 201714min679

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.



Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 17, 201637min404

VOL. 01 NO. 45 | MARCH 17, 2016 | COLORADOSTATESMAN.COM/THE-HOT-SHEET | © 2016 By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ DENVER — Happy St. Patricks Day! Lot's of phone calls and emails from y'all yesterday. You folks absolutely love The Hot Sheet. It warms my heart. We are going to continue to dig deep here and report what other's aren't regardless of how minor it might seem at the time. Oftentimes, the seemingly little, shallow things turn into far deeper rabbit holes. Sometimes truth hurts, but truthful analysis in Colorado politics is in demand as you've proven. And, we're going to have fun here too; add some levity to these topics. For political nerds, this game is fun. That's how we run The Hot Sheet. We're guiding you to and through the undercurrent, and making it fun in the process. Keep loving The Hot Sheet, and it will love you back.



Jared WrightJared WrightMarch 7, 201652min506

The Colorado Statesman Hot Sheet By TCS Publisher and Editor in Chief Jared Wright _@JaredWright_ Monday, March 7, 2016 DENVER — A big weekend in news ... starters, Peyton Manning has announced his retirement. Sources tell us one reason for the decision (besides Father Time) is the Broncos star will be mounting a campaign as the 14th GOP candidate to enter the U.S. Senate race in hopes of taking on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in the general election ...