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Doctors, nurses ask Jefferson County officials to take action on leaded aviation gas at Rocky Mountain airport

By Luke Zarzecki, The Westminster Window A group of doctors sent Jefferson County commissioners a letter and a petition signed by 35 health care professionals asking the elected officials to act on leaded fuel at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.  The call to action comes as RMMA ranks 63rd on the top 100 lead-emitting airports […]

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What’s Working: Colorado has some of the lowest high gas prices in the U.S.

‘Twas a brutal week for the U.S. economy, especially for those with money to invest (stop checking your stocks already and distract yourself with this Dirty Dancing/Muppets Show mashup instead). In Colorado, the economic news seemed a little more upbeat. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3.6% in April, the lowest since before the pandemic. […]

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Democrats plan to suspend Colorado’s new gas fee — until two months after the November election

Colorado Democrats want to delay implementation of a new 2-cent-per-gallon gas fee, but only until two months after the November election. House Bill 1351, the cornerstone of Gov. Jared Polis’ work this year to slash the cost of living in Colorado, would cost $28 million as the legislature backfills the lost revenue. The measure also […]

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Gas tops $4 per gallon average in the U.S. for the 1st time since 2008

The price of regular gasoline broke $4 per gallon on average across the U.S. on Sunday for the first time since 2008. In Colorado, the AAA reported the average gas price on Sunday was $3.72. During the first full week of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the price of regular gas rose by almost 41 cents, according […]

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When Colorado oil and gas wells are sold to small companies, can the new owners afford the cleanup costs?

While a bunch of aging Rio Blanco County wells haven’t moved a whit, or produced much oil and gas, their corporate address has jumped in the last six years from Kansas to Texas to Highlands Ranch.  Owner 1: Koch Exploration was located on the sprawling Wichita, Kansas, campus of Koch Industries, the privately-held conglomerate with […]

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Adams County adopts new oil and gas regulations that critics say will effectively ban drilling

The Adams County Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 to adopt new oil and gas regulations at a public hearing on Tuesday, making the county one of the first in Colorado to revise its policies since new statewide regulations took effect in January. The regulations increase setback distances for new drilling to 2,000 feet from homes, […]

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Colorado oil and gas drilling hits record lows during coronavirus

The oil and gas industry in Colorado has seen a steep decline in production, rigs and employment during the pandemic not previously seen in decades, concerning many in the industry. Colorado Public Radio reported that oil production in the state has dropped 13% compared to the same period a year before. It’s the steepest four-month […]

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Trains could return to Colorado’s Tennessee Pass, rumble through Leadville under pair of proposals

It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass.  That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City developer with thousands of acres of wheat and an existing rail […]