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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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Letter: State must take climate action into its own hands

The Colorado Statesman

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s nominations of climate-deniers like Scott Pruitt to cabinet positions, it is imperative that state leaders take climate action into their own hands through the implementation of programs in line with the goals of the Clean Power Plan, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from […]

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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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Statehouse Dems, Republicans eye environmental policy opportunities

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, front, announces that the federal government has canceled 25 leases for oil and gas wells on pristine federal land in Colorado during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in the State Capitol in Denver. With the election of President-elect Donald Trump and the divided Colorado Legislature, General Assembly leaders are already sending cues that environmental policy will be a battleground topic during the 2017 legislative session. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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 […]

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