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John Hickenlooper wins over some environmental critics with big role in Democrats’ climate bill

One by one, the environmentalists walked to the microphone to sing the praises of U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper. Breanna Gonzalez, the Colorado field coordinator for Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors, thanked Hickenlooper for his “important leadership” in advancing Democrats’ climate, health care and spending bill in the U.S. Senate. Kelly Nordini, executive director […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Health, News

Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is hiring an independent investigator to probe whistleblower allegations that the state health department’s Air Pollution Control Division failed to properly enforce EPA air quality standards.  The Colorado Department of Law, led by Attorney General Phil Weiser, late Monday afternoon posted a request for proposals to investigate the detailed whistleblower […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Oil and gas bankruptcies are problematic for Colorado taxpayers

In the early morning hours of June 15, 2020, Extraction Oil and Gas, Inc. filed its long-awaited bankruptcy in federal district court. I say “long-awaited” because my organization has been litigating cases against Extraction since January 2019, and we have raised numerous concerns about the financial viability of the company in front of the Colorado […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Energy, News, Politics and Government

Lawsuit seeks suspension of drilling permits in Colorado until regulations are updated

A group opposed to hydraulic fracturing announced a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to halt new oil and gas drilling permits until updated regulations are in place. Colorado Rising attorney Joe Salazar said the Denver District Court complaint alleges the state is issuing drilling permits under rules made obsolete by a new law . The law requires the Colorado […]

Posted inEnergy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Activists are trying to reinstate Longmont’s fracking ban, arguing its now legal under new Colorado law

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press Environmental activists asked a Colorado court on Wednesday to reinstate the city of Longmont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, arguing the ban is legal under a new state law giving local governments more authority over the oil and gas industry. Longmont voters approved the ban in 2012, but the state […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, Growth, News, Politics and Government

New energy legislation didn’t end Colorado’s “oil and gas wars.” It just relocated them.

When Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed sweeping new oil and gas legislation into law in April, he said he hoped the state’s “oil and gas wars” were over. But if the first rulemaking under the law is any indication, the war has merely moved to a new battlefield. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission […]

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Get to know Phil Weiser, the Democratic candidate for Colorado attorney general

Democrat Phil Weiser won a hard-fought primary against state Rep. Joe Salazar to secure his party’s nomination for Colorado attorney general, spending roughly $1 million to secure the chance to be on the Nov. 6 ballot. The former University of Colorado Law School dean and first-time candidate is now fending off attacks from his Republican […]