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Cory Gardner calls for Republican attack ad invoking deadly 2017 Firestone explosion to be taken down

Sen. Cory Gardner is calling for a Republican group to take down a television ad that invokes the deadly 2017 home explosion in Firestone to attack former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s record on oil and gas.  The Republican U.S. senator says he spoke to Erin Martinez on Tuesday, who survived the blast that killed her […]

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

A survivor of the deadly 2017 home explosion in Firestone caused by a leak from a nearby oil and gas well is calling on the National Republican Senatorial Committee to immediately take down an ad that uses the blast to attack former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.  Erin Martinez, whose husband, Mark, and brother, Joey, were […]

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

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission on Monday unanimously approved an $18.25 million fine against a subsidiary of the Occidental Petroleum Co. blamed for the deadly explosion of a home in Firestone on April 17, 2017. The money will be used to improve oversight and enforcement in the state’s oil fields. The fine – the […]

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

GREELEY — Colorado regulators on Thursday approved a set of safety measures designed to increase citizen protections in areas surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state. The rules provide public access to a more detailed and accurate state map of locations of flowlines, which are pipelines that connect an […]

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Here are the most-lobbied bills in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session. The list may surprise you.

One of the Democratic majority’s greatest disappointments in the final days of the legislative session was the failure to guarantee paid family leave in Colorado. The legislation was reduced to a feasibility study of the concept — in large part because of intense lobbying from business interests against the measure. In fact, Senate Bill 188 […]

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Colorado lawmakers are using the deadly Firestone explosion as a fulcrum for change — just as Erin Martinez wanted

As the omnibus oil and gas regulation bill made its way through the Colorado Senate this week, stoking highly charged, partisan debate, Republicans complained when Democrats brought up the deadly 2017 explosion at a Firestone home. But sitting in the wings outside the chamber’s floor was Erin Martinez, the woman who lost her husband and […]