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Superior weighs drilling moratorium, open space purchase to stop U.K. company’s Rocky Flats plan

Superior’s board of trustees, searching for a way to block a proposed plan to drill 31 wells in the community, edged toward a six-month drilling moratorium and purchasing the drill site for public open space at a meeting Monday night. “We are unified in our opposition to this,” Mayor Clint Folsom said at the work […]

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Proposition 112 fails, but big vote total signals oil and gas setbacks will be headed to the Colorado capitol

Proposition 112 — which sought to keep 2,500 feet between new oil and gas operations and any home in Colorado — did not win. But its proponents may not have lost either. The ballot initiative was voted down 57 percent to 43 percent, but it garnered more than 825,000 votes — a potentially powerful statement […]

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Fight over prices, renewable energy spurs second rural cooperative to leave Tri-State Generation

The rural electric cooperative serving Delta, Montrose and the Western Slope communities around them has moved a step closer to leaving its power provider, the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Co-op members voted Tuesday to adopt new incorporation articles enabling the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to use a limited stock issue to raise the cash […]

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Crestone’s plans for oil and gas drilling on Boulder County open space could be delayed for years after state stops hearings

The state will not move on an application by Crestone Peak Resources to drill oil wells on Boulder County open space and land covered by conservation easements until a lawsuit between the county and the company are resolved—delaying the project for months, perhaps years. Ruling in favor of a motion by Boulder County a Colorado […]

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Boulder County fights with finesse — and an all-out assault — to stop drilling on public open space

It doesn’t look like much of a battlefield — cottonwood groves, a small reservoir and farm fields with traffic zipping through on Colorado 52 — but this 10-square-mile patch of ground is being fiercely fought over by Boulder County and oil and gas drillers. Both the county and Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources lay claim to […]

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“It is going to be very messy”: Opposing oil and gas ballot measures respond to Colorado’s contentious drilling climate

Call it “Clash of the Ballot Initiatives.” Two measures — either of which would be, if passed, disastrous, critics say — seek to set new land-use standards in Colorado. One would require oil and gas drill rigs be set back 2,500 feet from homes and natural features such as streams. The other would give landowners […]