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Denver-based oil company K.P. Kauffman Company must pay $2.01 million in fines to the state of Colorado after its Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ruled the company engaged in a “pattern of violation” concerning spills, leaks and well site cleanups in Weld County.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans private climate talks with world leaders Friday to try to spur hard-and-fast commitments to cut climate-damaging pollution globally, following up on his livestreamed summit that saw dozens of leaders make earnest public promises to do so.

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Denver-based Crestone Peak Resources plans to lay off 159 workers in Denver, Weld, Douglas and Arapahoe counties, according to documents filed with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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With the backdrop of hundreds of acres burned in the 2016 Cold Springs fire near Nederland, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, on Friday announced the creation of the Colorado Climate Corps, young people who will help with one of the most troublesome aspects of wildfires: mitigation on both public and private lands.

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With a depositional basin of approximately 8,000 square miles, Colorado's San Luis Valley is widely considered the largest alpine valley in the world. It's roughly the size of Connecticut at 122 miles long and 74 miles wide with an average elevation of 7,664 feet. And this year, August in the valley was quite dry.

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Grand Junction, the largest city on the Western Slope, is a magnet for people visiting the region. But there are issues encroaching on the valley that are increasingly common to the Western United States: Drought. Fire. Fears of being overrun with recreational visitors. Water flows that are well below the 30-year average in a critical stretch of fish habitat.

A federal judge has ruled the Biden administration must resume allowing oil and gas leasing on federal land and waters, but the administration is saying it will not go down without a fight.

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Known as Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grants, the funds are being awarded to 42 applicants in 25 counties, ranging from more densely populated counties like Douglas County to more rural ones such as La Plata, Huerfano, and Archuleta counties.

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Denver’s air quality is expected to improve by the end of this week after the city has experienced several days of thick smoke and ranked worst air quality in the world on Saturday.

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Mateo Jaramillo doesn’t want to hear talk of a “breakthrough,” at least not yet. That would understate the challenge of what his startup, Form Energy, is trying to achieve and what more it has to do to accomplish its goal — providing the missing link to decarbonization of the power system.

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Commuter data company Commutifi seems perfectly positioned to help large Colorado companies navigate new rules being set by the state’s health department to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from employee commuters.

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The Employee Trip Reduction Program is part of legislation passed in 2019 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado and comes as businesses are recovering from a pandemic year that saw entire industries shut down and unemployment skyrocket.

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Because the federal government owns vast swaths of land across the West, expanding shared stewardship programs, building in more flexibility to distribute more cash in new ways, and creating a new “green” timber industry to help thin ailing forests and reduce wildfire risk are all needed quickly, according to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who addressed a roundtable meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.