<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:02:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs power plant not affected by Supreme Court's EPA ruling]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-power-plant-not-affected-by-supreme-courts-epa-ruling/article/1554705?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-power-plant-not-affected-by-supreme-courts-epa-ruling/article/1554705?custom_click=rss

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that blasted federal limits on toxic power plant emissions, Colorado Springs Utilities will continue installing multi-million dollar scrubbers to reduce hazardous emissions.

The ruling, though widely heralded by Republicans and lamented by conservationists, leaves intact the latest rule set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The high court found that health risks cannot be the only consideration under the Clean Air Act, and that the EPA also must research and weigh the billions of dollars in costs to affected utilities.

The case will be returned to lower courts for the EPA to decide how to account for costs.

"The mercury air toxic standard they promulgated went



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Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that blasted federal limits on toxic power plant emissions, Colorado Springs Utilities will continue installing multi-million dollar scrubbers to reduce hazardous emissions.

The ruling, though widely heralded by Republicans and lamented by conservationists, leaves intact the latest rule set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The high court found that health risks cannot be the only consideration under the Clean Air Act, and that the EPA also must research and weigh the billions of dollars in costs to affected utilities.

The case will be returned to lower courts for the EPA to decide how to account for costs.

"The mercury air toxic standard they promulgated went

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:52:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Could El Paso County disaster policy be endangering lives and property?]]> http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/could-el-paso-county-disaster-policy-be-endangering-lives-and-property/article/1554582?custom_click=rss

When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his property.

Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.



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When flood waters blasted Fountain Creek in 2013, longtime farmer Dave Kinischtzke knew more was at stake than his farm - with state utility poles and pipelines crossing his land and an important watershed downstream, Kinischtzke needed to stabilize the swollen creek that ran along his property.

Kinischtzke was awarded hundreds of thousands of federal dollars to fix the creek through an obscure government program that funnels money to private land owners. For counties with post-wildfire flooding, the money is coveted for its flexibility to help homeowners such as Kinischtzke, whose private property flooding could have major impacts on homes, public infrastructure and watersheds around him.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:27:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Environmental group files suit to halt Colorado ski resort]]> http://gazette.com/environmental-group-files-suit-to-halt-colorado-ski-resort/article/1554431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/environmental-group-files-suit-to-halt-colorado-ski-resort/article/1554431?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — Environmental groups trying to halt a proposed development near the Wolf Creek Ski Area have filed a federal lawsuit to halt the land swap that would allow construction.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1GJcAsB ) that a coalition of conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday after the U.S. Forest Service gave the land swap the go-ahead in May. The suit argues that the federal environmental impact analysis was narrow in scope.

Forest officials, however, say the swap is their only recourse given legal parameters.

The swap would give developer Leavell-McCombs about 200 acres of Rio Grande National Forest land for a road connecting a highway to the proposed development.



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DURANGO — Environmental groups trying to halt a proposed development near the Wolf Creek Ski Area have filed a federal lawsuit to halt the land swap that would allow construction.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1GJcAsB ) that a coalition of conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday after the U.S. Forest Service gave the land swap the go-ahead in May. The suit argues that the federal environmental impact analysis was narrow in scope.

Forest officials, however, say the swap is their only recourse given legal parameters.

The swap would give developer Leavell-McCombs about 200 acres of Rio Grande National Forest land for a road connecting a highway to the proposed development.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:10:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules]]> http://gazette.com/seeking-more-information-judge-stays-federal-oil-gas-rules/article/1554332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/seeking-more-information-judge-stays-federal-oil-gas-rules/article/1554332?custom_click=rss CASPER, Wyo. — New federal rules for oil and gas development on federal lands, including one that would require disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, now won't take effect until at least mid-August after a judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to disclose more information about how it developed the standards.

The last-minute stay by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl suspends requirements described by two petroleum industry groups as extremely costly and by four states as poison to their fossil-fuel-reliant economies.



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CASPER, Wyo. — New federal rules for oil and gas development on federal lands, including one that would require disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, now won't take effect until at least mid-August after a judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to disclose more information about how it developed the standards.

The last-minute stay by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl suspends requirements described by two petroleum industry groups as extremely costly and by four states as poison to their fossil-fuel-reliant economies.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:33:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Earthquakes near Colorado wastewater well decrease]]> http://gazette.com/earthquakes-near-colorado-wastewater-well-decrease/article/1553604?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/earthquakes-near-colorado-wastewater-well-decrease/article/1553604?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The ground around a northern Colorado wastewater injection well has been relatively quiet for more than two months, offering hope that a 10-month string of more than 200 small earthquakes might have subsided.

The bottom 450 feet of the 10,800-foot-deep well was plugged with cement last year, and that might be keeping the wastewater — a byproduct of oil and gas wells — from seeping into fractures and triggering earthquakes, researchers and regulators say.

The newly shortened well is back in operation, and researchers say no quakes greater than magnitude 1 have been measured in a 7-mile radius around it since April 2.



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DENVER — The ground around a northern Colorado wastewater injection well has been relatively quiet for more than two months, offering hope that a 10-month string of more than 200 small earthquakes might have subsided.

The bottom 450 feet of the 10,800-foot-deep well was plugged with cement last year, and that might be keeping the wastewater — a byproduct of oil and gas wells — from seeping into fractures and triggering earthquakes, researchers and regulators say.

The newly shortened well is back in operation, and researchers say no quakes greater than magnitude 1 have been measured in a 7-mile radius around it since April 2.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:41:20 -0600
<![CDATA[BLM reviewing land use designations on 680,000 acres in central and eastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/blm-reviewing-land-use-designations-on-680000-acres-in-central-and-eastern-colorado/article/1553541?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/blm-reviewing-land-use-designations-on-680000-acres-in-central-and-eastern-colorado/article/1553541?custom_click=rss

The Bureau of Land Management is inviting public comments on an extensive review that will determine how the agency manages 680,000 acres of public land in central and eastern Colorado, including much of the Arkansas River corridor.

Expected to take several years to complete, the review will ultimately decide which areas are set aside for protection of wildlife and habitat, and which will be eligible for mining and oil and gas exploration.

The process begins with a series of seven public meetings.

Conservation groups are sounding early alarms over the coming changes.

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]]> The Bureau of Land Management is inviting public comments on an extensive review that will determine how the agency manages 680,000 acres of public land in central and eastern Colorado, including much of the Arkansas River corridor.

Expected to take several years to complete, the review will ultimately decide which areas are set aside for protection of wildlife and habitat, and which will be eligible for mining and oil and gas exploration.

The process begins with a series of seven public meetings.

Conservation groups are sounding early alarms over the coming changes.]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 04:05:07 -0600