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Garfield County is spending big to challenge Colorado’s new oil and gas regulations

Much of its resources seek to block regulators’ shift toward protecting public health, safety and welfare and the environment

Energy

Colorado increases tax on oil and gas operators to fund a $3.4 million shortfall in regulators’ budget

The drilling industry supported the move after the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission opted not to increase the tax by a larger margin

Business

Republicans are using the 2017 Firestone home explosion to attack Hickenlooper. A survivor demands they stop.

Erin Martinez is calling on the National Republican Senatorial Committee to take down their "horrifying" TV ad slamming Colorado’s former governor over his handling of oil and gas policies

Politics and Government

Here’s who Gov. Polis just named to sit on the new, full-time panel regulating Colorado oil and gas

The 5-person Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will complete tasks outlined by Senate Bill 181, which sought to give local governments more control and prioritize the protection of public health, safety and the environment

Energy

Every oil and gas well in Colorado must be pressure tested annually under new rules passed by regulators

The “most comprehensive in the country” well-integrity regulations resulted from a fatal home explosion in Firestone in 2017

Energy

Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks

The number of temporarily abandoned oil and gas wells is up 37% from last year, but Colorado regulators say they still have the time -- and money -- to inspect them

Energy

Colorado oil and gas regulators punt major rule changes until after their paid replacements are hired

The time crunch around creating rules under Senate Bill 181 is growing critical as numerous ballot initiatives to change the way oil and gas operates in Colorado still are in play

Energy

“This penalty sends a message”: Colorado driller will pay $18.25 million for deadly 2017 Firestone home blast

The fine – the largest in the state’s history – was levied against Kerr-McGee for failing to properly maintain a flow line from a well, which led to an explosion that killed two men

Energy

Colorado announces $18.25 million fine against driller in fatal 2017 Firestone home explosion

The penalty was announced by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at a news conference

Energy

Colorado drillers, enviros near accord on groundwater protection rules. The only rub: How much to protect?

While Colorado regulators wrangle over air quality and community safety, industry and environmental groups have found lots of common ground -- beneath the surface.

Energy

Millions in oil, gas taxes may have been lost because Colorado regulators didn’t enforce reporting rules

A scathing audit -- which comes after Colorado tightened oil and gas regulations last year -- found the top drillers in the state failed to file thousands of production reports from 2016 to 2018

Politics and Government

Colorado approves new oil and gas flowline mapping rules after fatal 2017 Firestone blast

The rules provide public access to a more detailed and accurate state map of locations of flowlines, which are pipelines that connect an oil or gas well to other pieces of equipment

Energy

Potential for short-term health impacts from Colorado oil and gas drilling leads to calls for temporary halt in permits

A new study commissioned by the state health agency and released Thursday shows worst-case scenarios for adverse effects

Energy

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.

Environment

Krieger: Fracking legacy dogs Hick among progressives

Opinion Columns

Colorado oil and gas overhaul tips power toward local government. How that power is used will vary widely.

Towns and cities along the I-25 corridor, where drilling is closest to suburban neighborhoods, likely will be first to test the waters

Energy

Colorado expands buffer zone between schools, oil-gas wells to 1,000 feet following Proposition 112’s failure

The Colorado Petroleum Council supported the new rule, calling it a compromise produced by cooperation

Energy

Colorado regulators mull new rules increasing buffer zones for oil, gas drilling near schools

The hearing will be held just six weeks after Colorado voters defeated a measure that would have required a buffer zone of 2,500 feet from occupied buildings and vulnerable areas

Energy

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

The delay, attributed to a lawsuit filed by Boulder County, could postpone drilling on the property near Erie for years while the case is pending in court

Energy

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

History, common law, suggest Crestone, North 8 have the right to frack on land owned by Boulder County or covered by conservation easements

Energy
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