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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette scored a win for Colorado and by Colorado on Thursday when the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved her bill to reinstate the federal methane rule that was first rolled out in Colorado.

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TC Energy, the developer of the long-contested Keystone XL oil pipeline, is pulling the plug on the project, the company is poised to announce, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Tracy Stone-Manning, who worked as chief of staff to former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, has been nominated to serve as director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The agency has jurisdiction over 245 million acres (100 million hectares) of federally owned swaths of land in Western states, managing them for uses ranging from fossil fuel extraction and grazing to recreation.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is directing federal agencies to develop a comprehensive strategy to identify and manage financial risks to government and the private sector posed by climate change.

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For the first time in a year, the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins areas are no longer experiencing drought or abnormal dryness. But the improved conditions come with a big caveat: Much of western Colorado remains in severe and exceptional drought, part of a regional pattern affecting the southwest.

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As the state of Colorado faces $21.2 billion in costs to update its drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems over the next 20 years, President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal could provide crucial dollars, particularly for small water districts with few customers to share the costs.

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Suncor Energy late Monday pledged it is “committed to regaining the community’s trust” with a series of plant improvements it hopes will reduce the number, and intensity, of future emissions.

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The wildfire forecast issued Thursday by the state’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control warned of above-average fire activity in southeastern Colorado through June, and a potential for large fires in southern Colorado and on the Western Slope throughout the summer. State officials believe they are ready for whatever happens.

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Public input started Wednesday to the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission on possible changes to the financial obligations drilling companies must comply with to clean up “orphaned wells.”

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Democrats in the state Senate on Wednesday effectively killed a bill that sought to mandate new schools be set back a minimum of 2,000 feet from oil and gas facilities.

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Neguse, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, said in a release that he plans to gather input from across the state as he hones an agenda covering conservation, wildfire mitigation, managing natural resources and helping boost Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy.

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Despite the recent history-making blizzard on Colorado’s Front Range, statewide snowpack sits at 92 percent of average as of March 19, down from 105 percent of average at the end of February, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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“Confronting the challenge of climate change and building a lower-carbon future will require a combination of government policies, industry initiatives and continuous innovation,” Mike Sommers, API's president and CEO, said Thursday, as the trade group released a climate change policy framework.

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Commissioners thought the moratorium necessary “to allow Larimer County reasonable time to revise their oil and gas regulations, for the safety, health and welfare of residents in Larimer County,” according to a news release.

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The plant was originally expected to cost $680 million to bring online, but overshot its budget to $784 million, with an additional $72 million the last 10 years.

When it was proposed in 2004, Comanche 3 was expected to operate until 2070.

The plant, however, has dealt with those performance issues at the same time it has faced the consequential economics of green energy and the environmental heckles of generating electricity with coal.

Xcel has amended its timeline to 2040, when it will phase out the use of coal, according to an announcement of its plans to shift to renewable energy last week.