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Environmental groups demand Polis remove Colorado Air Pollution Control director, call for independent investigation

A whistleblower complaint filed Tuesday accused state air regulators of illegally approving permits, telling staff to falsify records

Environment

Joe Biden’s plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines and oil wells and support jobs to do it

Colorado Sen. Bennet also has introduced legislation to to clean up federal well and mine sites and strengthen bond requirements for drilling on public lands.

Energy

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally paid for Colorado predator hunt, judge rules

Concerned about declining populations of mule deer, Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided in 2016 to conduct an experiment to see if limited killing of mountain lions and black bears would have an impact on deer numbers

Environment

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The directors of 13 state recreation offices are asking the federal government to adjust requirements that states and local communities must provide matching funds to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund money

Outdoors

This Erie neighborhood is ground zero for Colorado’s collision of fracking and housing

Families who bought in Colliers Hill thought they were moving to an outdoor paradise. But the fine print in Colorado’s oil and gas regulations has rattled their lives.

Energy

Colorado gave local governments more power to regulate oil and gas. And some are using it.

The legislature’s 2019 overhaul of drilling rules through Senate Bill 181 empowered some cities and counties to prioritize safety. But other energy-friendly areas have held back on flexing their new muscles.

Politics and Government

Colorado Democrats want to accelerate the governor’s emissions reduction roadmap. Polis says he’s not on board.

Climate goals and deadlines to reach them would be set in state law under Senate Bill 200. Some of the work would be funded by charging polluters a fee for each ton of carbon dioxide they release.

Environment

Colorado air pollution control managers ordered staff to falsify data and approve permits “at all costs,” whistleblowers say

State employees allege a yearslong pattern of illegal state actions designed to speed up permits and avoid scrutiny by the public.

Environment

Colorado legislature advances effort for tougher toxic emissions monitoring at polluting companies

Law would expand who must report after industries found altering totals to avoid hitting thresholds in benzene, other dangerous substances

Environment

Colorado’s toxic emitters revise their leakage numbers below tough thresholds in law

Companies say earlier reported levels were inaccurate. But lack of independent monitoring means what polluters say, goes, and environmental advocates are furious

Environment

Could a new insurance-premium fee prevent Colorado’s next big natural disaster? Some lawmakers say yes.

House Bill 1208 would impose a fee on certain insurance premiums and then distribute the money generated to communities looking to do disaster mitigation projects

Politics and Government

Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible

Front Range cities need the additional water storage to meet their growth projections. But Holy Cross Wilderness boundaries would need to be redrawn to build it.

Environment

Citizen group asks Rangely, Rio Blanco County to invoke “Constitutional Sanctuary”status

County attorney is reviewing the resolution for "unintended consequences." Meanwhile, the board governing the northwest Colorado county declared sanctuary status to protect itself from wolf reintroduction.

Politics and Government

Aurora and Colorado Springs want more water. The proposed solution — a new reservoir — would have far-reaching impacts.

Two of Colorado's largest cities are working together because they have the same problem: Planners don’t think they have enough water where they are to support the cities’ expected growth.

Environment

Colorado’s major snowstorm only made a dent in the drought. These maps and graphs explain what’s going on.

The South Platte and Arkansas river basins are closer to average after last week’s precipitation, but the Western Slope remains painfully dry.

Climate

All state parks in Colorado will get electric vehicle charging stations in deal with EV maker Rivian

Rivian will install the stations at each of Colorado’s 42 state parks at no charge, as state officials move to expand electric grid needed for changeover from gas to electric cars

Outdoors

Harry Talbott, who gave his life to Palisade’s prized peaches, has died at age 86

The trailblazing orchardman bucked developers -- and his own parents -- to protect, preserve and promote Palisade’s fruit lands. His death leaves a pit in the industry.

Coloradans

Deb Haaland confirmed by U.S. Senate, becomes first Native American to lead a Cabinet department

Democrats and tribal groups hailed Haaland’s confirmation as historic, saying her selection means that Indigenous people will for the first time see a Native American lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made.

Politics and Government

Colorado’s latest proposal to divert water from the Western Slope is a complex, disputed set of pipes

Northern Water wants to flood a valley southwest of Loveland, but the water comes from Grand County, prompting lawsuits over what some say is a devil’s bargain

Environment

As climate fight shifts to oil, Joe Biden faces a formidable foe in the West

New drilling permits spiked during Trump's final months in office. As a result, some companies with the biggest presence on public lands have announced that they are ready to weather changes under Biden.

Energy
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