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Western Colorado officials voice support for new methane rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leaders from western Colorado expressed their support during a conference call on Tuesday for a proposed federal rule to help limit flaring, venting and leaking of methane...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Study finds oil and gas industry largest contributor to ‘hot spot’

A two-year study released by NASA on Monday confirmed suspicions that energy extraction practices are largely responsible for the methane hot spot in the Four Corners. “The argument that most of...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Coal boiler sparks lawsuit between Hesperus neighbors

A dispute brewing between Hesperus neighbors over a coal-fueled boiler prompted one to file a federal lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Denver. Robert Bridges and Karen Nakayama have...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Four Corners’ ozone levels meet tougher standards

FARMINGTON – A regional air quality meeting for the Four Corners offered this takeaway: The entire region remains below stricter ozone health quality standards enacted one year ago. On Thursday,...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rep. Scott Tipton urges federal agency to get rid of new methane rule

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, joined 56 other members of Congress on Wednesday in signing and sending a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell asking her to withdraw the Bureau of Land...

DATE: July 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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U.S. proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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Two bills to stall Clean Power Plan killed in Colo. House committee

DENVER – A Democratic-controlled House committee on Wednesday killed two Republican bills that aimed to curb implementation of federal carbon standards. The bills represent a continuation of a...

DATE: April 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Clean Power Plan overshadows state budget debate

DENVER – Debate on a $27 billion state budget Wednesday in the Senate devolved into a referendum on federal air pollution standards. Republicans stripped about $300,000 from the Air Pollution...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Scalia was Supreme Court’s leader on limiting environmental rules

During Justice Antonin Scalia’s tenure on the Supreme Court, a conservative California-based legal foundation had six straight victories on property rights and Clean Water Act cases. The decisions...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New methane rule has support in northern New Mexico

A proposed rule from the U.S. Department of the Interior to reduce the venting, leaking and flaring of methane and other natural gases from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands has...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

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La Plata County production-related toxic waste minimal compared with San Juan County, N.M.

An annual report that tracks production-related waste from industrial facilities found nearly 750 pounds of toxic chemicals were disposed in La Plata County in 2014. However, that number is utterly...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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New rules limit gas flaring, venting

As part of President Barack Obama’s clean energy agenda, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced Friday a proposal to update 30-year-old regulations to reduce flaring and venting from...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News