Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Carman: Suncor’s days of beguiling regulators and befouling our air at last may be numbered

There’s a new sheriff in town and, unlike the friendly folks at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, she’s not here just to make nice with environmental outlaws. When former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker was named administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 office last fall, she promised to further […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Economy, Environment, News, Outdoors, Water

Climate change is eroding work to clean up the Snake River. Is Summit County snowmaking making it worse?

KEYSTONE – The Snake River wends through this resort village, rushing streamside condos, beckoning anglers to cast after rainbow trout and, at some point in the year, funneling into equipment Keystone ski area uses to make snow.  But a few miles upstream, the river is a braid of smaller streams that scour a mineral-rich basin […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Politics and Government

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost under congressional infrastructure bill, relieving rivers

By Michael Phillis, The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the Senate-passed infrastructure bill is […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Energy, Environment, News

An obituary for coal at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, by the numbers

COLORADO SPRINGS — After 95 years of pumping electricity and belching smoke across downtown Colorado Springs, the Martin Drake Power Plant stopped burning coal Saturday. Long targeted by angry neighbors and local and national environmental groups decrying the intense air pollution, Drake was one of the few downtown coal plants remaining in any large American […]