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Oil and gas and cryptocurrency miners are Colorado’s new odd couple. And they’re making quite a bit of coin.

JACKSON COUNTY — Tan pump jacks, 140-year-old oil field technology, bob up and down amid the purple sage in this rural corner of Colorado, lifting oil from deep below and also fueling a very 21st century frenzy: cryptocurrency mining. The pump jack wells are tied to natural gas generators powering trailers filled with bitcoin mining […]

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Oil and gas and cryptocurrency miners are Colorado’s new odd couple. And they’re making quite a bit of coin.

JACKSON COUNTY — Tan pump jacks, 140-year-old oil field technology, bob up and down amid the purple sage in this rural corner of Colorado, lifting oil from deep below and also fueling a very 21st century frenzy: cryptocurrency mining. The pump jack wells are tied to natural gas generators powering trailers filled with bitcoin mining […]

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Water agencies in Western cities pledge drought savings. Some environmentalists want more.

A new coalition of Western city water agencies pledged to step up conservation efforts amid the 22-year megadrought draining the Colorado River. The environmental advocacy community diverged on how much to praise or blast the effort.  Water providers in Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Pueblo, Las Vegas and a Southern California umbrella group all pledged to […]

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It took 10 years to plan a channel around a Colorado River reservoir. Collaboration went well, but urgency was lacking.

GRANBY — Old-timers around here talk about how they used to need to stop after a springtime drive through Byers Canyon to clean all the bugs out of their radiators. So when longtime angler Bud Isaacs noticed the absence of a stonefly hatch on his favorite stretch of the Colorado River below the 445-acre Windy […]

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Colorado will finally issue renewed Suncor permit, while tightening air monitoring

Colorado air pollution regulators have issued one of the Suncor refinery’s two long-delayed permit renewals, while also strengthening rules on how the company must carry out a new air monitoring law to protect neighbors.  The EPA also signaled it no longer objects to the Plant 2 permit for Suncor after the state made some revisions. […]

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Critics say Xcel Energy’s latest bid for a gas rate increase would leave customers pinched

The battle over Xcel Energy’s proposed natural gas rate increase isn’t just a dispute over whether the utility gets the $188.6 million it is seeking from its Colorado customers but also in part about the future of natural gas in the state. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday heard from the public on the […]

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Boulder County planners delay vote on 15-year extension for much-maligned Cemex

Opponents of extending the life of the Cemex mine and cement kiln near Lyons claimed a win for neighbors and climate change late Wednesday, as the Boulder County Planning Commission delayed a proposed 15-year extension for the operation and signaled they may reject it. The Cemex county-issued mining permit at Dowe Flats, north of State […]

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Summit Stage gets $35 million federal grant for electric bus operations center that will serve ski country

Summit Stage, the transit lifeline linking ski areas, workers and mountain towns in three counties, will get nearly $35 million from the federal infrastructure law to build an electric bus operations center and edge toward Summit County climate change goals.  It’s the largest federal grant Summit County has ever seen, and funds most of the […]