As oil and gas rigs creep closer to Colorado neighborhoods, it still isn’t clear whether local governments can regulate the industry on their own or if they must solely stick to the state’s rules.
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The U.S. Forest Service overturned a decision Monday to approve the expansion of a coal mine in western Colorado that biologists feared would destroy wildlife habitat.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., on Thursday praised the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in proposing tough new air quality standards aimed at dramatically reducing smog- and cancer-causing pollution stemming from the ongoing shale gas boom opened up by the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.
Environmental groups trying to compel the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to mitigate the climate change impacts of coal mine methane are encouraged by today’s BLM decision to reconsider approval of a mine expansion on Colorado’s Western Slope.
A small town on the Western Slope of Colorado with the unlikely name of “Silt” has become ground zero for the natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” debate – at least in this state.
The city of Pittsburgh recently…
A property owner south of Silt says benzene and other cancer-causing compounds continue to seep into West Divide Creek and that state and county officials are engaging in the same sort of regulatory denial that led to the Deepwater Horizon oil and gas spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Foidel Creek Mine in Routt County is one of Colorado’s most productive coal mines, churning out more than a quarter of all the coal mined in the state. But it’s also one of the state’s most dangerous mines, accounting for nearly a third of Colorado’s coal-mining injuries in 2009.
Recent lease approvals and signs that the Obama administration is falling in love with the nation’s coal industry have Jeremy Nichols of New Mexico’s WildEarth Guardians longingly reminiscing about the bygone days of the Bush administration.
Oil and gas officials on Colorado’s Western Slope this week were predictably critical of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to expand its controversial greenhouse-gas reporting regulations to include oil and gas production.
Despite a growing number of complaints from Garfield County residents about the environmental impacts of natural gas drilling, the county department charged with addressing those issues is one of the smallest and least staffed, according to the Glenwood Springs…