<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sun, 03 May 2015 19:59:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Extent of Colorado creek fuel spill contamination assessed]]> http://gazette.com/extent-of-colorado-creek-fuel-spill-contamination-assessed/article/1550855?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/extent-of-colorado-creek-fuel-spill-contamination-assessed/article/1550855?custom_click=rss ASPEN — A private environmental-hazards mitigation company says it may have to remove soil contaminated along Capitol Creek Road after a gas tanker overturned.

Teams from Ecos used booms, pads and kitty litter on Thursday night to contain diesel fuel and gasoline that mixed with water in an irrigation ditch.

Crews contained and soaked up the liquid after the overturned tanker's cargo was unloaded into another truck and the vehicle was set upright.

The Aspen Times reports (http://tinyurl.com/mp2h75x ) Ecos is still trying to determine if the fuel got into the creek.

There was no estimate on how much soil might have to be removed.

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ASPEN — A private environmental-hazards mitigation company says it may have to remove soil contaminated along Capitol Creek Road after a gas tanker overturned.

Teams from Ecos used booms, pads and kitty litter on Thursday night to contain diesel fuel and gasoline that mixed with water in an irrigation ditch.

Crews contained and soaked up the liquid after the overturned tanker's cargo was unloaded into another truck and the vehicle was set upright.

The Aspen Times reports (http://tinyurl.com/mp2h75x ) Ecos is still trying to determine if the fuel got into the creek.

There was no estimate on how much soil might have to be removed.

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Sat, 02 May 2015 17:50:15 -0600
<![CDATA[At least 30 trees discovered chopped down in Colorado Springs open space]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-30-trees-discovered-chopped-down-in-colorado-springs-open-space/article/1550636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-30-trees-discovered-chopped-down-in-colorado-springs-open-space/article/1550636?custom_click=rss

A large ponderosa pine is among dozens of trees that have been felled in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, leaving city parks and nonprofit group officials puzzled as to why the acts were carried out.

A 20-foot ponderosa was discovered Wednesday, the trunk at the top of a canyon and the bulk of the tree pushed over the edge, damaging smaller trees below. The tree fell close to a trail and climbing routes.

The latest act of vandalism brings the number of illegally chopped trees to at least 30 during the past six months, according to Scott Abbott, supervisor of Regional Parks, Trails and Open Space for the city.

At the end of last summer, parks officials started to see small aspen and elm trees that had been felled.



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A large ponderosa pine is among dozens of trees that have been felled in Red Rock Canyon Open Space, leaving city parks and nonprofit group officials puzzled as to why the acts were carried out.

A 20-foot ponderosa was discovered Wednesday, the trunk at the top of a canyon and the bulk of the tree pushed over the edge, damaging smaller trees below. The tree fell close to a trail and climbing routes.

The latest act of vandalism brings the number of illegally chopped trees to at least 30 during the past six months, according to Scott Abbott, supervisor of Regional Parks, Trails and Open Space for the city.

At the end of last summer, parks officials started to see small aspen and elm trees that had been felled.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:03:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Firefighters scope out houses to save during evacuation drill in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/firefighters-scope-out-houses-to-save-during-evacuation-drill-in-colorado-springs/article/1550359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/firefighters-scope-out-houses-to-save-during-evacuation-drill-in-colorado-springs/article/1550359?custom_click=rss

Larkspur Fire Marshal Randy Johnson drove through a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs looking for houses he could save.

He had identified a safe location where his 13-peron fire crew could assemble, listened for updates on the status of the fire and surveyed roofing and vegetation that would incinerate in "a heartbeat."

In the event of what he called a "right here, right now" blaze, his crew would have about 10 seconds to decide whether it could save a home before moving on.

"The wildland-urban interface is a really sketchy environment," he said.



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Larkspur Fire Marshal Randy Johnson drove through a residential neighborhood in Colorado Springs looking for houses he could save.

He had identified a safe location where his 13-peron fire crew could assemble, listened for updates on the status of the fire and surveyed roofing and vegetation that would incinerate in "a heartbeat."

In the event of what he called a "right here, right now" blaze, his crew would have about 10 seconds to decide whether it could save a home before moving on.

"The wildland-urban interface is a really sketchy environment," he said.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:33:04 -0600
<![CDATA[North Dakota, Colorado allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules]]> http://gazette.com/north-dakota-colorado-allowed-to-join-wyoming-lawsuit-against-fracking-rules/article/1550304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-colorado-allowed-to-join-wyoming-lawsuit-against-fracking-rules/article/1550304?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota and Colorado to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land.

The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June.

The three states assert the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own regulations that address the process.

Wyoming filed its lawsuit last month. A federal judge this week granted permission for both North Dakota and Colorado to intervene alongside Wyoming.



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BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota and Colorado to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land.

The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June.

The three states assert the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own regulations that address the process.

Wyoming filed its lawsuit last month. A federal judge this week granted permission for both North Dakota and Colorado to intervene alongside Wyoming.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:23:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Group asks Colorado Supreme Court to reverse Christo artwork decision]]> http://gazette.com/group-asks-colorado-supreme-court-to-reverse-christo-artwork-decision/article/1550251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-asks-colorado-supreme-court-to-reverse-christo-artwork-decision/article/1550251?custom_click=rss

Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, has filed a brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse its decision to allow an art installation that would cover six miles of the river with fabric panels.

ROAR argued in its brief that the Colorado Parks Board's actions and Court of Appeals decision to support them threatens the state Constitution, according to a press release the organization sent on Thursday.

The Colorado Parks Board violated its own regulations by allowing the project, by artist Christo, ROAR says, but the Court of Appeals found its actions to be "harmless.



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Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, has filed a brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse its decision to allow an art installation that would cover six miles of the river with fabric panels.

ROAR argued in its brief that the Colorado Parks Board's actions and Court of Appeals decision to support them threatens the state Constitution, according to a press release the organization sent on Thursday.

The Colorado Parks Board violated its own regulations by allowing the project, by artist Christo, ROAR says, but the Court of Appeals found its actions to be "harmless.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:06:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado forest service gives 5,000 trees to Black Forest homeowners]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.



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The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:38:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs citizens give Utilities an earful about climate change]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-give-utilities-an-earful-about-climate-change/article/1550171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-give-utilities-an-earful-about-climate-change/article/1550171?custom_click=rss

The meaning of Earth Day wasn't lost on Colorado Springs Utilities board members Wednesday, as more than two dozen citizens urged them to consider more renewable energy sources and to heed escalating climate change.

The two-hour parade of speakers seemed to touch on every conceivable benefit of clean energy, from promoting peace and increasing national security - by deterring wars over oil and gas - to protecting residents' health, especially that of poor and minority residents, by eliminating coal pollution.

Bob Powell, who has a Ph.D. in physics, said he's installed $27,000 worth of solar panels on his roof, so CSU is his customer, not vice versa.



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The meaning of Earth Day wasn't lost on Colorado Springs Utilities board members Wednesday, as more than two dozen citizens urged them to consider more renewable energy sources and to heed escalating climate change.

The two-hour parade of speakers seemed to touch on every conceivable benefit of clean energy, from promoting peace and increasing national security - by deterring wars over oil and gas - to protecting residents' health, especially that of poor and minority residents, by eliminating coal pollution.

Bob Powell, who has a Ph.D. in physics, said he's installed $27,000 worth of solar panels on his roof, so CSU is his customer, not vice versa.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:10:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional]]> By BRIAN MELLEY http://gazette.com/water-pricing-to-spur-conservation-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/225203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-pricing-to-spur-conservation-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/225203?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation.

The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service.

The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders that call for rates, including tiered pricing, that encourage people to save water.

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The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service.

The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders that call for rates, including tiered pricing, that encourage people to save water.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:46:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds turn out for Earth Day events at Garden of the Gods]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-earth-day-events-at-garden-of-the-gods/article/1549925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-earth-day-events-at-garden-of-the-gods/article/1549925?custom_click=rss

A couple of thousand people celebrated Earth Day at Garden of the Gods on Saturday planting seeds, touring the park and getting up close and personal with birds of prey and zoo animals.

Jayden Pagano, 8, said the day for him was about "celebrating the Earth."

He and his 5-year-old sister had just finished planting marigold seeds in a small seed starter pot at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Bret Tennis, parks operations administrator for Garden of the Gods, said about half as many people turned out this year for the event that has been going strong for almost two decades. About 5,000 people attended last year.

"It's designed for free family fun," Tennis said. "The weather yesterday was, I think,



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A couple of thousand people celebrated Earth Day at Garden of the Gods on Saturday planting seeds, touring the park and getting up close and personal with birds of prey and zoo animals.

Jayden Pagano, 8, said the day for him was about "celebrating the Earth."

He and his 5-year-old sister had just finished planting marigold seeds in a small seed starter pot at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Bret Tennis, parks operations administrator for Garden of the Gods, said about half as many people turned out this year for the event that has been going strong for almost two decades. About 5,000 people attended last year.

"It's designed for free family fun," Tennis said. "The weather yesterday was, I think,

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:37:02 -0600
<![CDATA[University of Colorado keeps its fossil fuel investments]]> http://gazette.com/university-of-colorado-keeps-its-fossil-fuel-investments/article/1549830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-of-colorado-keeps-its-fossil-fuel-investments/article/1549830?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Wind and solar power advocates failed to persuade the University of Colorado's governing Board of Regents Thursday to divest from coal, oil and gas.

On a 7-2 vote, the regents upheld their current policy that allows the university financial team to invest in fossil fuel if it chooses.

The regents also rejected, 6-3, a proposal to form a sustainable investment committee to advise the financial team.

It was the latest skirmish in a nationwide campaign to push schools, churches and other institutions to divest from greenhouse gas-producing energy in hopes of hastening the growth of renewable fuels. The Fossil Free campaign says at least 19 U.S. schools have agreed to some degree of divestment.



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DENVER — Wind and solar power advocates failed to persuade the University of Colorado's governing Board of Regents Thursday to divest from coal, oil and gas.

On a 7-2 vote, the regents upheld their current policy that allows the university financial team to invest in fossil fuel if it chooses.

The regents also rejected, 6-3, a proposal to form a sustainable investment committee to advise the financial team.

It was the latest skirmish in a nationwide campaign to push schools, churches and other institutions to divest from greenhouse gas-producing energy in hopes of hastening the growth of renewable fuels. The Fossil Free campaign says at least 19 U.S. schools have agreed to some degree of divestment.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:48:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado leads nation in growth in wind energy factory jobs]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-leads-nation-in-growth-in-wind-energy-factory-jobs/article/1549788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-leads-nation-in-growth-in-wind-energy-factory-jobs/article/1549788?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014.

The Post (http://tinyurl.com/o3csgm5) quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for a total of 73,000.

A spokeswoman for the trade group, Emily Williams, says the biggest job growth was in Colorado, and that that was due to Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest maker of wind turbines and operator of two factories in Brighton and one each in Windsor and Pueblo.

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DENVER - The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014.

The Post (http://tinyurl.com/o3csgm5) quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for a total of 73,000.

A spokeswoman for the trade group, Emily Williams, says the biggest job growth was in Colorado, and that that was due to Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest maker of wind turbines and operator of two factories in Brighton and one each in Windsor and Pueblo.

The trade group says Colorado's 6,000-7,000 wind jobs put it

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:33:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California]]> By DAN ELLIOTT http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday.

The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.

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The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:46:33 -0600