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Spring and COGCC off to rocky start

May 22, 2019

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It’s almost metaphorical the way winter won’t let go of its grip on Colorado and neither will the oil and gas industry. On the same day a spring snowstorm bludgeoned the state with frigid temps and record snowfall, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held its first regular meeting under SB-181. Folks seemed […]

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Community groups call on Polis to halt oil and gas permits

May 13, 2019

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Colorado Rising, WildEarth Guardians, and local environmental community groups notify Polis Administration of necessity to halt oil and gas permitting Public health and safety first: groups say new law requires a pause in fracking during rule making DENVER — Today Colorado Rising, a grassroots, community-led environmental group, and WildEarth Guardians, a western advocacy group enforcing […]

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Jordan Cove still not a thing

May 10, 2019

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This was a bad week for Jordan Cove, which I must remind you is still not a thing. On Monday, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a letter denying a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG project. The DEQ announced in a press release that Jordan Cove doesn’t meet […]

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New rules

May 9, 2019

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The First Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly adjourned on May 3, with a backlog of bills awaiting passage. With an historic number of bills in the works this year it’s been hard to keep track. And it’s not easy to find information in the media on the status of each bill. So I […]

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SLAPP suits threaten free speech

April 30, 2019

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By Pete Kolbenschlag The public lands rise above where I live, from the town and from the orchards, farms, ranches and wineries for which the North Fork Valley is known. I have long been involved in the shared work here to build a vibrant community and to support our transition to a diverse economy no […]

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Submit comments for COGCC Draft Objective Criteria

April 23, 2019

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Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 19-181 into law on April 16. The law ensures that oil and gas development and operations in Colorado are regulated in a manner that protects public health, safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. SB 19-181’s amendments to the Oil and Gas Conservation Act (“Act”) are effective as of […]

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RMR strip mine has high-level DC connections

April 22, 2019

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Will new interior secretary and Rifle native sell out Glenwood Springs? A recent feature article in The Colorado Sun sheds new light on many of the unanswered questions surrounding RMR’s plans for a strip mine in Glenwood Springs. Besides being adjacent to Glenwood’s popular tourist attraction, Caverns Adventure Park, the quarry plan just doesn’t add […]

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SB-181 is LAW!

April 17, 2019

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Thanks to the Herculean efforts of Colorado Rising (including all of you!) and activists across the state to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuel industry, Governor Polis signed SB19-181 into law on Tuesday. While this bill does not go far enough to protect Colorado’s environment and people, it is a sea change in […]

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Call to action on Colorado climate action bill HB-1261

April 7, 2019

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On March 21, legislators introduced HB19-1261, a bill to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. Titled Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution, the bill passed its first hearing in the House Energy and Environment Committee on Friday night (April 5). Next it moves to the House Appropriations Committee, and then […]

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What you need to know right now about SB-181

April 4, 2019

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The final version of SB-181 passed out of the Senate on Wednesday. While we await Governor Polis’ signature, let’s take a closer look at what the bill will and won’t do — and what you need to know right now. The first and most noticeable change will come from the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation […]

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