<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sun, 24 May 2015 23:40:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado coal mine getting court-ordered environmental study]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-coal-mine-getting-court-ordered-environmental-study/article/1552394?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-coal-mine-getting-court-ordered-environmental-study/article/1552394?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.

However, it's not clear yet whether the federal agency that granted the permit will appeal the overall ruling, which could set a precedent that might endanger mining projects elsewhere.

The Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, part of the Interior Department, posted a notice of the review for the Colowyo Mine near Craig on Thursday, saying it would accept public comments through June 15.

Office spokesman Chris Holmes declined to comment Friday on



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DENVER — Federal regulators are re-doing an environmental review for a Colorado coal mine after a judge threatened to shut it down unless they took a closer look at its indirect environmental impacts, including its contribution to climate change.

However, it's not clear yet whether the federal agency that granted the permit will appeal the overall ruling, which could set a precedent that might endanger mining projects elsewhere.

The Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement, part of the Interior Department, posted a notice of the review for the Colowyo Mine near Craig on Thursday, saying it would accept public comments through June 15.

Office spokesman Chris Holmes declined to comment Friday on

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Fri, 22 May 2015 18:56:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Ski resort developers get Colorado land swap OK'd by forest service]]> http://gazette.com/ski-resort-developers-get-colorado-land-swap-okd-by-forest-service/article/1552359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ski-resort-developers-get-colorado-land-swap-okd-by-forest-service/article/1552359?custom_click=rss DENVER — Developers are a step closer to building a ski resort about 85 miles northeast of Durango in Wolf Creek with the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a land swap.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FrZBLf) B.J. "Red" McCombs has been trying to build the resort since 1986, and wants to exchange 177 acres of private land with road access for 205 acres of federal land with access to U.S. Highway 160.

Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas says not swapping land would have had the least environmental impact, but that McCombs and the other developers are entitled to right of way access so they can use their property.



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DENVER — Developers are a step closer to building a ski resort about 85 miles northeast of Durango in Wolf Creek with the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a land swap.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FrZBLf) B.J. "Red" McCombs has been trying to build the resort since 1986, and wants to exchange 177 acres of private land with road access for 205 acres of federal land with access to U.S. Highway 160.

Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas says not swapping land would have had the least environmental impact, but that McCombs and the other developers are entitled to right of way access so they can use their property.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 07:10:05 -0600
<![CDATA[9 oil well deaths, 3 in Colorado, lead to warning about inhaling chemicals]]> http://gazette.com/9-oil-well-deaths-3-in-colorado-lead-to-warning-about-inhaling-chemicals/article/1552087?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/9-oil-well-deaths-3-in-colorado-lead-to-warning-about-inhaling-chemicals/article/1552087?custom_click=rss DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging — taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank — or takings samples of oil for testing, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1dfixDF) reported Monday.

All the workers were alone or not being



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DENVER — Federal officials have issued a warning about the danger of inhaling chemicals at oil wells following the deaths of nine workers in the past five years.

All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.

Most were initially considered to be due to natural causes or heart failure, but the men were later found to have all inhaled toxic amounts of hydrocarbon chemicals after tank gauging — taking measurements of oil or other byproducts in the tank — or takings samples of oil for testing, The Denver Post (http://dpo.st/1dfixDF) reported Monday.

All the workers were alone or not being

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:06:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Proposal seeks to dim NYC skyline at night to save energy]]> By DEEPTI HAJELA http://gazette.com/proposal-seeks-to-dim-nyc-skyline-at-night-to-save-energy/article/feed/234204?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/proposal-seeks-to-dim-nyc-skyline-at-night-to-save-energy/article/feed/234204?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Bright lights, big city?

Not so much, if a New York City council member gets his way.

He's introduced a bill requiring most office high-rises to turn off the lights at night as a way to cut energy costs and help migratory birds. And it might even give New Yorkers a chance to see some stars other than the celebrities walking down the street.

"We need to be doing everything we can to conserve energy," said Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. "This is a commonsense measure. It's not going to cost anybody a lot of money."

Seventy-one percent of New Yorkers like the idea, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday of 969 registered city voters.

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Not so much, if a New York City council member gets his way.

He's introduced a bill requiring most office high-rises to turn off the lights at night as a way to cut energy costs and help migratory birds. And it might even give New Yorkers a chance to see some stars other than the celebrities walking down the street.

"We need to be doing everything we can to conserve energy," said Councilman Donovan Richards Jr. "This is a commonsense measure. It's not going to cost anybody a lot of money."

Seventy-one percent of New Yorkers like the idea, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday of 969 registered city voters.]]> Sat, 16 May 2015 11:46:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado fire managers to release outlook for wildfire season]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-fire-managers-to-release-outlook-for-wildfire-season/article/1551910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-fire-managers-to-release-outlook-for-wildfire-season/article/1551910?custom_click=rss ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado.

A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires.

A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center says Colorado's wildfire potential will be normal or below normal through August. The center coordinates firefighting efforts nationwide.

Colorado escaped serious wildfire problems last year. A total of about 3,700 fires burned about 36 square miles.

Comparisons with previous years weren't immediately available, but the totals were below average.

Gov.



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ENGLEWOOD — State and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado.

A briefing is scheduled Friday morning. It comes after days of rain in parts of the state that could help reduce or delay wildfires.

A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center says Colorado's wildfire potential will be normal or below normal through August. The center coordinates firefighting efforts nationwide.

Colorado escaped serious wildfire problems last year. A total of about 3,700 fires burned about 36 square miles.

Comparisons with previous years weren't immediately available, but the totals were below average.

Gov.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 07:10:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Some El Paso County residents may have to pay big to stop wind farm project]]> http://gazette.com/some-el-paso-county-residents-may-have-to-pay-big-to-stop-wind-farm-project/article/1551339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/some-el-paso-county-residents-may-have-to-pay-big-to-stop-wind-farm-project/article/1551339?custom_click=rss

A group of eastern El Paso County residents could have to dig up millions of dollars to stop construction on a wind farm near their homes outside of Calhan, according to El Paso County court documents.

The disgruntled homeowners have sued the El Paso County commissioners and NextEra Energy Resources to stop construction of the wind farm, which the commissioners approved in 2013. The homeowners, part of the newly formed El Paso County Property Rights Coalition, also filed an injunction to stop work on the project, something the court won't do until the residents pay up, court documents show.



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A group of eastern El Paso County residents could have to dig up millions of dollars to stop construction on a wind farm near their homes outside of Calhan, according to El Paso County court documents.

The disgruntled homeowners have sued the El Paso County commissioners and NextEra Energy Resources to stop construction of the wind farm, which the commissioners approved in 2013. The homeowners, part of the newly formed El Paso County Property Rights Coalition, also filed an injunction to stop work on the project, something the court won't do until the residents pay up, court documents show.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 08:03:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Biofuel Co-op eager to provide alternative fuel in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/biofuel-co-op-eager-to-provide-alternative-fuel-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1551195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/biofuel-co-op-eager-to-provide-alternative-fuel-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1551195?custom_click=rss

An idea that's been puttering along for several years has gained enough momentum to generate excitement among local alternative fuel supporters.

Members of Colorado Springs Biofuel Co-op, a group that formed in 2013 to increase public awareness and availability of homegrown organic fuels, are putting the final touches on a processor they've built to produce biodiesel fuel from used restaurant vegetable oil.

Steve Moll, owner of Clean Air Lawn Care in Colorado Springs, said he can't wait.

"The cleaner the fuel we can run, the better it is for everybody," he said.

Moll's company specializes in all things green. He uses lawnmowers, trimmers and blowers powered by batteries recharged with solar energy and organic

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Members of Colorado Springs Biofuel Co-op, a group that formed in 2013 to increase public awareness and availability of homegrown organic fuels, are putting the final touches on a processor they've built to produce biodiesel fuel from used restaurant vegetable oil.

Steve Moll, owner of Clean Air Lawn Care in Colorado Springs, said he can't wait.

"The cleaner the fuel we can run, the better it is for everybody," he said.

Moll's company specializes in all things green. He uses lawnmowers, trimmers and blowers powered by batteries recharged with solar energy and organic]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 04:10:03 -0600