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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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Weld residents use Earthworks’ OGI to expose illegal emissions

April 4, 2019

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Complaints result in new equipment, fines, but new evidence shows problems persist Weld County, CO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) found AKA Energy caused illegal air pollution from unpermitted equipment at the Speer Compressor Station in Weld County as a result of local resident complaints using Earthworks’ optical gas imaging […]

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Colorado Rising Statement on SB-181 with Amendments

March 29, 2019

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DENVER — On Thursday, March 28th, the Colorado House of Representatives amended and passed SB-181 to better regulate the oil and gas industry in Colorado. SB19-181:  Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations REREVISED Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director of Colorado Rising, the grassroots, citizen group behind Prop 112 said “Despite some concerning amendments, SB-181 […]

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New climate legislation introduced

March 25, 2019

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Last Thursday 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 introduction of this bill comes on heels of reported tension between the governor and House Speaker KC Becker over whether the bill should implement mandates or goals to […]

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GWS rejects quarry expansion

March 22, 2019

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Last night the Glenwood Springs City Council voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2019-19. Click here to read the Resolution of the City Council of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, regarding expansion of the Transfer Trail Mine, requesting the Bureau of Land Management conduct an Environmental Impact Statement Analysis. Glenwood Springs Council takes stand against quarry expansion Glenwood […]

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SB-181: The great Colorado freak-out

March 20, 2019

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Last week SB-181 practically sailed through the Democratic-controlled Colorado Senate passing one committee after another and finally the full Senate, all along party line votes. Opponents of the bill promptly freaked out with Sen. Rob Woodward (R-Loveland) howling: “There will be pain if this bill passes. People will lose their jobs, people will lose their […]

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