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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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Methane rule issue shows divide in opinion polls

Opponents and backers of an Obama administration rule to rein in flaring on public lands are using competing opinion polls as the U.S. Senate is expected to consider a measure to rescind the rule. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., is still considering his stance on the issue while Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is opposed to the move. (Photo Courtesy NOAA.gov)
Oil and natural gas companies and their supporters continue to wage a war of words — and opinion polls — with backers of a Bureau of Land Management rule regulating emissions of methane from natural gas wells drilled on federal land, while a Colorado senator remains undecided on his stance on the rule.

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O’Toole: Transit doesn’t need state taxpayer funding

Randal O'Toole

According to a misleading new report, Colorado ranks 29th in per capita funding for transit, spending just one-twentieth of the national average. Thus, there is a “funding gap” for public transit. But Colorado apparently ranks 29th only in state transit funding. What’s left out is that most transit funding comes from the regional level. The […]

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‘Bergs and batteries’: Fenberg, Lundberg team up on home energy storage battery bill

State Sen. Kevin Lundberg has lived off the power grid in Berthoud for the last 25 years. He generates and stores his own electricity and right now he is awaiting a shipment from China of nickel-iron home batteries. “These kind of batteries were invented by Thomas Edison,” Lundberg said in an interview last week. “The […]

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New President Donald Trump greeted by Colorado well-wishers, protesters

A group of Coloradans attended President Donald Trump's inauguration in Washington D.C. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, including Father Andre Mahanna; state Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, Colorado Trump campaign operative Patrick Davis, Dede Laugesen and William Mutch. (Courtesy photo)
America received a new president last week who brings to Colorado the same controversies that marked his tumultuous election campaign. The inauguration ceremonies in Washington included thousands of Coloradans who came to either protest or support Donald Trump. Heather Toth, Colorado organizer of the Women’s March on Washington, said she marched in Washington to let […]

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Fossil fuel divestment movement looks to DU after hitting dry spell in Colorado

Students participate in a campus divest rally at Tufts University. The nationwide movement is underway at several universities in Colorado and is the source of heated debate. (James Ennis/Creative Commons)

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 […]

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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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