The 5-year court battle over mineral leases under 552 acres south of Longmont ended with one of Colorado’s biggest producers putting the Blue Paintbrush project on hold indefinitely
Boulder County Commissioners
Can Colorado activists win a second battle to shut down the Cemex cement plant in Boulder County?
The cement plant’s nearby mine is closed after opponents won a victory last year. Now they’re going after the whole thing.
Gross Dam opposition gets new legal life in fight against massive Boulder County reservoir expansion
Appeals Court clears environmental coalition to challenge permits as county commissioners tell federal authorities who OK’d the project that construction is ruining neighbors’ lives
Boulder County Commissioners vote against mining extension for Cemex, blowing up deal for open space
Public opposition was high to a plan to end cement plant operations in 15 years in exchange for 15 more years of mining near Lyons
Boulder County cement plant neighbors say proposed pact is rushed, too easy on pollution
Neighbors of the Cemex quarry and cement kiln near Lyons say a deal to extend mining and cement production for 15 years in exchange for valuable open space breaks Boulder County commitments to end the heavy industrial operation and cut the largest local sources of greenhouse gas emissions. They also say Cemex may be leaving […]
Boulder County has choices to make about smokestacks, a quarry and open space. Which way will they go?
Boulder County residents driving Colorado 66 are all too familiar with the view on the way to Lyons or Rocky Mountain National Park: A big Cemex quarry on the north, gouging into a popular open space area and tumbling rocks into a conveyor belt overhead, and the imposing smokestacks of the Cemex cement kiln on […]
Fort Collins puts new barriers in front of billion-dollar Northern Water dam and pipeline project
Fort Collins has placed new barriers in front of Northern Water’s $1.1 billion plan to build a dam and pipeline network along the Cache la Poudre River, further slowing a decades-long project backed by 15 growing Front Range communities and water districts. City government put a hold on the kind of pipeline and infrastructure work […]
Could Colorado cities save enough water to stop building dams?
When Joe Storinsky straightens up from kneeling in the dirt in Aurora Highlands and taps a spot on his iPad, the very first owners of 3940 Eaton Park St. will join the fight against Colorado’s megadrought before they’ve ever moved in. Storinsky, a field service representative for Aurora Water, sends a signal to the home […]
Denver Water sues Boulder County, says slow walk of Gross Reservoir decisions threaten federal permits
Denver Water sued Boulder County in federal court Tuesday saying county officials are slow-walking decisions on plans to expand Gross Reservoir, threatening crucial federal permits and construction timelines. Denver is essentially telling Boulder County to hurry up and say “no” to the raising of the existing dam and water pool, noting that two of the […]
Environmental groups appeal court decision that would pave way for Denver Water to raise Gross Reservoir Dam
While a decades-long battle over one major dam and river diversion in northern Colorado appeared to end last week, environmental groups signaled another fight will go on longer as they filed an appeal meant to undermine Denver Water’s Gross Dam expansion. The environmental coalition Monday asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a […]