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Longmont fracking ban appeal at Supreme Court crossroads

When it comes to whether the city of Longmont can ban hydraulic fracturing, the ball is in the state’s highest court. On Monday the Colorado Court of Appeals said the matter of whether Longmont’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, interfered with the state’s interest in the oil and gas industry was better left up to the Colorado Supreme ...

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Colorado already has methane limits tougher than US proposal

DENVER  — Strict limits on methane emissions passed a year ago in Colorado mean the state’s energy producers will not be affected by the federal government’s new plan to crack down on the powerful greenhouse gas. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it would follow through with plans to curb methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. But Colorado’s ...

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Bureau of Land Management to offer more than 100 parcels for lease for oil and gas

Colorado’s Bureau of Land Management’s quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Colorado State Office in Lakewood. The BLM will offer 19 parcels totaling 10,050 acres within the Royal Gorge Field Office and 102 United States Forest Service parcels totaling 19,487 acres within the Pawnee National Grassland, according to a Monday ...

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2 injured in oil truck fire at rig site south of Gillette

GILLETTE, Wyo.  — Two men are recovering after they were injured in a flash fire that happened in a hot oil truck at a rig site south of Gillette. The Gillette News Record reports Wright volunteer fire crews were called to the site off Wyoming Highway 387 just after 2 a.m. Monday. Capt. Bill Shank says the fire burned the ...

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Local fracking bans could go before Colorado high court soon

DENVER — Colorado’s battle over who should regulate fracking could be on the fast track to the state Supreme Court. The Colorado Court of Appeals on Monday asked to bow out of lawsuits over Longmont’s ban on fracking and a 5-year-moratorium in Fort Collins. The move would allow the Supreme Court to take the cases immediately, without waiting for the ...

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Colorado gas bubble

Coloradans are used to gas prices staying high through Labor Day but a price spike this week caused more than a few heads to turn. On Wednesday, the average price in Pueblo jumped about 20 cents, going from $2.66 to $2.86 at many stations. The price hike comes only two weeks ahead of the Colorado State Fair and also moves ...

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Navajo Nation president urges residents not to use EPA form for claims

SHIPROCK— Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has warned tribal residents to avoid using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s form for claims of damage or injury as a result of the Gold King Mine spill. In the president’s Wednesday directive Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch advised that the federal form “contains offending language that will waive future claims for individuals ...

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EPA chief: Colorado mine spill ‘pains me’

WASHINGTON  — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it “pains me to no end.” Gina McCarthy made the comments as her agency comes under increased scrutiny after federal and contract workers accidentally ...

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