• Colorado landscape marred by oil and gas boom scars

    Associated Press
    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DENVER — Oil and gas companies have yet to fully restore land around half of the 47,000 inactive wells in Colorado and 72 percent of those unrestored sites have been in the process for more than five years, The Denver Post reported Sunday. The state requires oil and gas companies to...

  • Human waste taints Animas River near state border

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Elevated levels of bacteria from human waste have been found in the Animas River near the Colorado-New Mexico border. The San Juan Watershed Group says it found the bacteria as part of a two-year study of the Animas and the San Juan rivers. Researchers say the...

  • Waste Management closing public recycling site in Colorado Springs

    By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Waste Management is closing the public drop-off portion of its Colorado Springs recycling center, citing the cost of cleaning up blowing litter and problems with contaminated items left at the site. The center, at 604 4th St. in a mostly industrial area northeast of Nevada Avenue and...

  • CU professor claims 'witch hunt' over global warming testimony

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — A University of Colorado environmental studies professor says he is the target of a congressman's "witch hunt" because he expressed doubt in congressional testimony about whether climate change is making natural disasters worse. Roger Pielke Jr. made his comment this week...

  • Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday. Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before...

  • Governor: Oil, gas rules must protect mineral owners' rights

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DENVER — Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday. Some people have owned or leased those rights for decades, long before...

  • US to spend $57 million more on stream damage from '13 flood

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DENVER — The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday it will spend another $57 million on recovery work on Colorado rivers and streams that were damaged by the 2013 flood. Most of the work will be done in Boulder, El Paso and Larimer counties, along with other projects in...

  • Colorado House rejects drill-limit penalties

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DENVER — Democrats in the Colorado House have rejected a proposal to penalize communities that ban the drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The vote Wednesday comes as the GOP Senate voted recently in favor of a similar proposal. The votes show that Republicans...

  • Oil-gas panel suggests consulting role for local government

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — A state task force will recommend that local governments be given a consulting role on some decisions about the location of large oil and gas facilities. But the panel decided against recommending that cities and counties be allowed to enforce their own rules on the...

  • Colorado fracking opponents plan drive to put ban on ballot

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    DENVER — Activists said Tuesday they would try to put a measure on the 2016 ballot to ban hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, just as a task force was trying to finish up recommendations that were supposed to help settle disputes over oil and gas development. The newly formed...

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