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Xcel plans big new wind-power plant in eastern Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity. The company announced the plan Tuesday but gave few details. David Eves, president of Xcel’s Colorado operation, said the wind farm would occupy land in several counties but declined to say which ones. ...

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Governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil and gas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Wattenburg Field north of Denver, Colorado. (Image: Plazak via Wikipedia)

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Hickenlooper: If Colorado doesn’t regulate its air, EPA might

The Milky Way seen from the crisp and clean air of Colorado state. (Image: Max and Dee Bernt via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper warned Thursday that withholding funds for state air quality regulators could prompt the federal government to step in with a heavier hand. The Democratic governor’s comments came amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers over whether Colorado should continue developing rules to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Colorado governor, industry urge cautious hand in regulating oil, gas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Wattenburg Field north of Denver, Colorado. (Image: Plazak via Wikipedia)

DENVER (AP) — Collaboration and negotiation allowed Colorado to draw up oil and gas regulations that protect the public and the environment while encouraging a lucrative state industry, the governor and the president of an industry group say. Gov. John Hickenlooper and American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard talked Thursday about regulation, the future of the industry and the possibility ...

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Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

Clean power debate flares up in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — A national debate over global warming has turned into a major sticking point at the Colorado Legislature, where Democrats and Republicans this week started tussling over paying for efforts to curb carbon emissions. Republicans say it’s a waste of money to try to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which regulates carbon dioxide emissions from ...

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Colorado’s economy seeing slower growth, reports say

Sunrise over Denver, Colorado. (Image: Jeff Turner via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s depressed energy sector has led to a dip in estimated tax collections, meaning lawmakers will have to continue wrangling over tax refunds and paying for roads and schools this legislative session, according to revenue forecasts released Friday by legislative and administration analysts. Colorado will balance its books next fiscal year, as it must under the state ...

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Fracking ballot initiative gets state OK for petition drive

An Encana operated drilling rig surrounded by a sound wall active in Colorado's Denvery-Julesburg Basin. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp.)

DENVER (AP) — Backers of a proposal that would let local governments regulate or ban fracking have won approval to circulate petitions to put it before voters. The Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday supporters have until Aug. 8 to gather more than 98,000 signatures. If they succeed, voters would approve or reject the proposal in the Nov. 8 general ...

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Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

Colorado House advances fracking operations bill

DENVER (AP) — A bill enabling Coloradans to sue oil and gas drilling firms whose fracking operations damage property or harm people has advanced in the Democrat-led state House. Specifically, the bill would hold energy companies liable if their operations cause damaging earthquakes. The bill says plaintiffs could sue without having to prove that a drilling operation directly caused an ...

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Wyoming counties, conservation districts sue over sage grouse

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A group of counties and conservation districts in western Wyoming is the latest to sue the federal government over its plans to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse over a vast area of the West. The lawsuit from the Wyoming Coalition of Local Governments joins lawsuits filed by ranchers, mining companies and others who call ...

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Some Colorado officials support rules on natural gas burning

Lawmakers of oil and gas producing states, as well as industry groups, have had mixed reactions to the proposed BLM flaring reduction rules. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — More than two dozen elected officials from western Colorado cities and counties have endorsed a federal crackdown on oil companies that burn off natural gas on public land. They sent a letter to federal officials Monday saying the practice causes pollution and robs taxpayers of royalties they could have earned on the gas. The Obama administration proposed ...

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