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Federal judge blocks plan for 35 gas wells on national forest land in western Colorado 

A U.S. District Court vacates federal agencies’ approval of drilling by Bill Koch’s Gunnison Energy, agreeing with an environmental coalition’s lawsuit.

Environment

Kerr-McGee’s plan to drill oil and gas wells within 2,000 feet of homes in Firestone is rejected by regulators

Colorado’s largest producer can return with a revised plan, but advocacy groups are relieved the hard-fought buffer rule is preserved. For now.

Business

Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer wants permission to drill closer than 2,000 feet from homes

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum wants exclusion from the state’s 2,000-foot buffer to drill 26 wells near 87 homes in Firestone. Critics say it would render new oil and gas rules useless. 

Business

Opinion: The 3 biggest contributors to our sickly air: wildfires, fracking, and auto emissions

To get them under control, take a page from Colorado’s Brown Cloud playbook

Opinion Columns

Opinion: If we don’t drill for oil and gas on federal lands, we’ll buy it from Russia

Production from public lands is some of the most sustainable in the world. Banning it won’t cut global emissions or reduce costs

Opinion Columns

Nearly half of Colorado’s 52,000 wells produce little or no oil. Who’ll pay to plug them?

Rules are being drafted to cover the cost of cleaning up obsolete wells. But for rural farmers and suburban homeowners, idle pipes and pump jacks are a daily reminder of how complex and expensive the process is.

Energy

Opinion: The health risks of fracking justify Adams County’s new regulations

This JeffCo resident thanks you for being a good neighbor

Opinion Columns

How water rights work in Colorado — and why severe drought makes them work differently

Parched residents’ questions answered, from how much water the Front Range takes from the Western Slope, to how a power dam near Glenwood Springs saves Colorado River fishies

Climate

Opinion: Another factor to keep in mind in Colorado’s oil and gas communities — healthy minds

We must have a larger community vision where we promote health and realize that how we are operating right now leads to chronic stress, depression and anxiety.

Opinion Columns

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

A disillusioned ExxonMobil engineer quit to take action on climate change. He found his net-zero place in Arvada.

After 16 years of working for the oil giant, Dar-Lon Chang said Exxon would not address climate change. So he quit the sector for good, and began a new low-carbon life.

Climate

“Flaring” at oil and gas wells to be curtailed as Colorado regulators adopt some of nation’s strictest rules

The practice of burning off natural gas is relatively rare in Colorado, but tough rules on flaring and venting may help the state meet greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Energy

A look at the major differences between Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper in the U.S. Senate race

The nationally watched Senate contest displays two different visions for Colorado on climate, coronavirus, healthcare and the economy

Election 2020

Where Donald Trump and Joe Biden split on Colorado issues in presidential race

The presidential contest shows clear differences on major policies that will impact Colorado

Election 2020

Oil and gas companies must monitor fracking emissions as Colorado adopts first-in-the-nation rules to reduce air pollution

Some environmental groups say the new regulations, which also give local governments access to collected data, aren’t fully baked even after long negotiations

Colorado oil and gas emissions rules begin to tighten, but gaps open over what is monitored, by whom and where

Western Slope commissioners say rules designed to pull the Front Range into federal ozone compliance are an “economic risk” for northwest Colorado

Energy

John Hickenlooper’s conflicting record and rhetoric on fracking a point of dispute in U.S. Senate race

The former Democratic governor is viewed skeptically by environmentalists and the oil and gas industry as his position on hydraulic fracturing evolves

Politics and Government

Colorado regulators back 2,000-foot setback for new oil and gas drilling in “paradigm shift”

In a session Wednesday to review proposed rule changes on setbacks, four of the five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s members voiced support for an extended setback

Energy

Opinion: Platte River Power Authority must commit to 100% renewable energy. Period.

Opinion Columns

Colorado must cut half of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It will lean on oil and gas to do it.

Coal plant shutdowns and cleaner vehicles are helping make progress, but oil and gas must scrub 7 million metric tons of emissions with no rules to guide it.

Energy
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