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Colorado regulators mull new rules increasing buffer zones for oil, gas drilling near schools

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering enlarging the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. A proposal released by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission late Wednesday afternoon would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) from buildings as well as […]

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Proposition 112 fails, but big vote total signals oil and gas setbacks will be headed to the Colorado capitol

Proposition 112 — which sought to keep 2,500 feet between new oil and gas operations and any home in Colorado — did not win. But its proponents may not have lost either. The ballot initiative was voted down 57 percent to 43 percent, but it garnered more than 825,000 votes — a potentially powerful statement […]

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Emotional video from Proposition 112 backers features brother of man killed in Firestone explosion. The oil and gas industry says the two are unrelated.

Proposition 112 backers have released a new campaign video featuring the distraught brother of a man killed last year when a home exploded in Firestone. The explosion, blamed on a severed flowline from a nearby natural gas well, in part prompted the measure that would increase the distance between new oil and gas operations and […]

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The top 10 corporate donors in Colorado’s 2018 election — and what they want

Seven of the top 10 organizations spending the most money in the 2018 election represent the oil and gas industry, a Colorado Sun analysis shows. The energy companies and allies are focused on two ballot initiatives and have so far spent $29 million on the effort to defeat Proposition 112, which calls for greater setbacks […]

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Jared Polis vs. Walker Stapleton: Where Colorado’s governor candidates stand on the issues

The Colorado governor’s race is often cast as a competition of opposites, and it’s most evident when you break it down by the issues. Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton are offering different visions for the state’s future, in particular on issues related to the environment, energy, health care and marijuana. Polis, a five-term […]

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Fact check: What’s true (and what’s not) about 2018 Colorado ballot measures

The Colorado ballot is crowded this year with questions about taxes, transportation, energy and education — not to mention a bunch of local issues. All the competing messages flooding the TV airwaves makes it difficult to know up from down and how to vote. MORE: A preview of Colorado’s 2018 ballot: Taxes, roads and an existential […]

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The 6th Congressional District TV ad battle is one of the nation’s most expensive; spending in Colorado attorney general’s race ramps up

Television-advertising spending in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District race continues to set records, with about $16 million booked and totals rising, even as pollsters begin to make their predictions in the fierce battle between incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jason Crow. The Cook Political Report moved the 6th Congressional District […]

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Jared Polis nears $20M mark in governor’s race self-funding; oil and gas spending on initiatives tops $34M

Democratic congressman – and multimillionaire – Jared Polis neared the $20 million mark in terms of his own spending to win the Colorado governor’s office. That’s according to reports filed Monday tallying fundraising and spending from Sept. 13 to Sept. 26. Polis’ campaign has spent $19.4 million on his bid to become governor so far, […]

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After GOP group pulls ads for Mike Coffman, Democratic group cancels some of its spots for Jason Crow

A Democratic super PAC that is working to defeat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the 6th Congressional District will slash its spending on TV commercials, but other outside groups may take up the slack. The move comes after the Congressional Leadership Fund, a group affiliated with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, cut its TV time […]