Environmental politics

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Energy Office funding cut reveals split on state vision

DENVER – Funding for the Colorado Energy Office was cut off recently – but not for budget reasons. Instead, it was about the vision for the office. The Energy Office is an executive office...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Senate defeats attempt to undo BLM’s methane rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gwen Lachelt may have impacted the votes that defeated the joint resolution to disapprove of the Department of the Interior’s methane rule. On a visit to Washington on Tuesday,...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Education

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Cortez council joins national monument debate

The Cortez City Council on Tuesday debated whether it should take an official position on the Trump administration’s review of Canyons of the Ancients and other nearby national monuments. During a...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Dan Olson focused on fundamentals to rebuild San Juan Citizens Alliance

In Dan Olson’s line of work, there’s never a good time to leave. “With issues that involve the environment, it’s not something you fix,” Olson said recently from the San Juan Citizens Alliance’s...

DATE: March 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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New Mexico officials say rivers still tainted from Gold King Mine spill

DENVER – A $1.5 million bill sent by New Mexico to the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday could be the last chance for federal officials and the state of Colorado to avoid a lawsuit related...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hickenlooper recommends Superfund listing for mine sites around Silverton

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday recommended a Superfund listing in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, ending more than six months of discussions on whether the state should pursue the...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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EPA likely not prepared Gold King Mine blowout

WASHINGTON – U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of wastewater from an inactive gold mine yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Sediment issues a big uncertainty

As communities along the Animas River continue to wonder about long-term consequences of the Gold King Mine spill, one of the biggest questions remaining is the orange sediment lying along...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hemp pioneer fields questions at Ag Expo

An attentive audience of more than 50 local farmers and citizens quizzed America’s first modern-day industrial hemp farmer at the Four States Ag Expo. As the three-day event came to a close on...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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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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BLM finalizes rule to reduce methane waste

The U.S. Department of Interior on Tuesday finalized a Bureau of Land Management rule designed to drastically reduce methane waste on tribal and federal lands, saving taxpayer dollars and...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Colorado bill aims to protect drilling sites from vandals

DENVER – A measure that would augment penalties on vandals of oil- and gas-production equipment cleared a Senate committee 6-5 with Republicans in support. The bill comes as a response to increased...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business