• 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...

  • Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years, according to research published Saturday that underlines the hidden costs of the country's heavy reliance on fossil fuels to power its economic growth with little regard for the environment....

  • Obama's plan to make Browns Canyon a national monument gets cheers, criticism in Colorado

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Steeped in division for decades, the scenic Browns Canyon section of the Arkansas River is once again troubling political waters. The latest provocation: News that President Barack Obama will use his executive authority to designate the more than 20,000-acre area as a national...

  • Colorado mountain snow is bright spot during drought in West

    Associated Press
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    DENVER — Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates is only a little below normal, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West. Measurement stations in western Colorado showed the snowpack on Wednesday at 90...

  • Cripple Creek mine operators probe again for gold underground

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    For the first time in more than two decades, the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Company is looking for gold underground, a tentative departure from its open-pit mining operation. Mine operators are probing an area north and east of the town of Cripple Creek to see if it could...

  • Colorado rejects limit on open-space land seizures

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    DENVER — A bipartisan group of Colorado senators rejected a proposal Tuesday to limit government seizures of private land for open space. The bill would have prevented counties from using eminent-domain laws to seize private land for open space, parks, conservation or preservation of...

  • State to tighten oil, gas rules after spills in 2013 flood

    The Associated Press
    Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    DENVER — State regulators are preparing to impose new rules to keep oil and gas wells more secure after spills blamed on the catastrophic Colorado flood of 2013. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released proposed rules Thursday, including a requirement that all new...

  • Senate weighs payments to mineral owners over fracking rules

    The Associated Press
    Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    DENVER — Mineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a Republican bill advanced by the Colorado Senate Thursday. The question pits homeowners concerned over industrial activity in residential areas and mineral owners who want to develop...

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