CARSON CITY, Nev. — Camille Touton, a veteran congressional water policy adviser, has been nominated to lead the agency that oversees water and power in the U.S. West.
It would set aside nearly 73,000 acres as wilderness, designate about 80,000 acres as recreation and conservation management areas and establish Camp Hale, where soldiers learned to ski during World War II, as the first National Historic Landscape. The bill also prohibits new oil and gas drilling in the Thompson Divide.
NEW ORLEANS — The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana, who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed for the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska waters “and all eligible onshore pr…
President Joe Biden won't accept any infrastructure plans that would index the gas tax, including the proposals floated Thursday by Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney and Delaware Democratic Sen. Tom Carper.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Roberts is digging into snow-soaked dirt just above the banks of Grizzly Creek in western Colorado. With bare fingers she sifts through the dark soil, looking for life amid the ruins of last summer’s devastating Grizzly Creek fire.
Senate Democrats are proposing to overhaul the energy tax code in favor of a trio of incentives based on emissions reductions in a move that environmentalists are lauding, but Republicans say would disadvantage fossil fuels.
Crusoe Energy Systems plans to expand its Denver headquarters by up to 286 jobs in coming years, the company announced Tuesday.
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.
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.
The Biden administration has greenlighted the first major offshore wind project in federal waters, culminating a review process that saw delays and roadblocks during the Trump administration.
Critics warn the president's goals will create reliability problems and increase consumer energy bills.
Colorado Oil & Gas Association
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.
Wildfire season grows closer every day.
Moves made to throttle methane emissions on Capitol Hill are driven by Colorado, and not just because it's Coloradans in Congress taking up the fight.
The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is seeking an outside investigator to probe allegations brought forward by whistleblowers within the state Department of Public Health and Environment that the agency unlawfully issued pollution permits and falsified data to dodge air quality standards.
After enacting a moratorium on new oil and gas operation permits that lasts through most of 2021, Larimer County officials have set a series of public hearings to get feedback.
President Joe Biden pledged that the United States will double the amount of money it offers to developing countries to help curb climate change within the next three years and move away from financing fossil-fuel-intensive projects overseas.
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.
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.
Before COVID-19 reared its ugly head in Colorado, exacting a devastating toll on lives and livelihoods, the nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado had evidence that one in every four Colorado households struggled to pay monthly utility bills.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Colorado State Forest Service
A new helicopter could be a “game changer” for firefighting in Colorado, among many other valuable uses for the state.
The severe drought that swept through Colorado in 2020 could be a harbinger of what the future will hold. However, in the arid Southwest, it’s not the first time that such challenges have wrecked lives and livelihoods.
The hot dry conditions that melted strong snowpack early in 2020 and led to severe drought, low river flows and record setting wildfires across the state could be a harbinger of what is to come in Colorado.
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.
The vote was close: 51-40, mostly with Republicans in opposition because they see her as a threat to fossil fuels with her strident views on using public land for resources.
The Blue Bird Vision bus is an environmentally sustainable method, replacing a 30-year-old diesel bus that was scrapped last year. It has a 71-passenger capacity, 120-mile travel range and 160-kilowatt-hour battery package.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is warning residents and pet stores about a product that has been found carrying an invasive mussel species in Colorado pet stores.
The most-visited state park in Colorado is about to get even bigger next month, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
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.
Colorado’s Oil & Gas Commission this week started the process for changing the rules regarding the financial obligations drilling companies must comply with to clean up “orphan wells.”
The legislative package passed by a mostly party-line vote of 227-200, with eight Republicans voting for it and one Democrat voting against it.
Recent storms bolstered the state's snowpack after a largely dry January and slightly alleviated the drought, but the long-term forecast for the spring shows a return to dry conditions, the state climatologist reported.