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Winkler: Living in a northern Colorado ‘sacrifice zone’

Bob Winkler

It’s important to remember that mineral extraction has never been safe or without risk but with extreme methods it’s become even more risky. Running Weld counties economy on mineral resources that use and release toxins is an unavoidable part of extraction and requires a “sacrifice zone,” which is labeled as less inhabitable by poisoning in […]

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Lawmakers battle oil and gas drilling setback bill from well-dug trenches

In this Friday, May 27, 2016, photograph, a pump jack works off state highway 119 near Firestone, Colo. Lawmakers battled over a partisan divide on a bill that would have encoded in statute a 1,000 foot setback from school property lines instead of school buildings as is currently the law. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
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 […]

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Pyle: Is Colorado’s oil and gas industry sitting at the table, or on the menu?

Tom Pyle

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 […]

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WOTUS order could take years to resolve

President Donald Trump signs the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) executive order, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw and review the rule. It would have expanded the number of waterways that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. The move was cheered by Colorado's GOP Congressional delegation. (AP File Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A controversial federal rule designed to provide clarity for protection of America’s water resources, and now under a presidential order for change or elimination, could cause further confusion and take the rest of President Donald Trump’s term in office to be resolved, according to two Colorado State University researchers and news reports. The order was […]

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Hickenlooper won’t issue clean-air executive order

In this Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, file photograph, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper carries a plate of food as he helps to serve the great Thanksgiving banquet to more than 500 homeless and poor men, women and children at the rescue mission in downtown Denver. Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado's Democratic governor, Hickenlooper, said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Citing backlash from Republicans, Colorado’s Democratic governor said Tuesday he has abandoned the idea of issuing an executive order to seek a one-third cut in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. But Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted he hadn’t given up on the proposal’s goals — or his own commitment to maintaining Colorado’s status as a […]

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Colorado attorney general supports Bureau of Land Management leases

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman gestures during a news conference. Coffman joined two other state attorneys general in an attempt to block the Obama administration's plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, transferring some of its prisoners to facilities in Colorado. (AP Photo)
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 […]

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Colorado Dems, enviros wary of Trump cabinet picks

In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. speaks with a supporter in Billings, Mont., as he campaigns for re-election. Edging closer to completing his Cabinet, President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice of Zinke as Interior secretary Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, picking a man who should fit smoothly into an administration favoring more energy drilling and less regulation. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
Despite a growing list of climate change doubters and fossil fuel industry supporters and executives comprising the list of Trump administration cabinet nominees, Democratic Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are hopeful the state’s clean energy economy and outdoor recreation industry can continue to thrive. Mostly, though, there’s a growing sense of dread from the conservation community […]

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Obama administration considers mining limits in West to save sage grouse in ’11th-hour attack’

In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Obama administration will release five possible plans Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn’t saying which it prefers. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Obama administration offered five possible plans Thursday for limiting mining on federal land in the West to protect the vulnerable greater sage grouse, but it isn’t saying which it prefers. The options range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on […]

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Foote: Colorado’s renewable energy sector is powerful and won’t be stopped

State Rep. Mike Foote
Coloradans love clean energy. Seventy-six percent of Colorado voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who promotes wind and solar energy. Certainly many of them helped expand our pro-conservation majority in the Statehouse during the last election. Renewable energy embodies many of the values that Coloradans voted for on Election Day, […]

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Trump’s choice to lead EPA likely to clash with Colorado’s progressive leadership

In this Dec. 7, 2016 file photo, EPA Administrator-designate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York. Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President-elect Donald Trump’s recent choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is creating concerns about sharp conflicts with Colorado’s environmentalists and advocates of legalized marijuana. Pruitt’s career has been marked by lawsuits against the EPA for what he described as clean air and water regulations that impose on states’ […]

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