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Author : David O. Williams

In Garfield County, critics say ‘local control’ will just shift more power to drillers

Residents of the second-most drilled county in Colorado warn backers of eleven “local control” ballot questions to be careful what they wish for, because oil and gas money will funnel into local races, they say, stacking county commissions and city...

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June 2, 2014 Elections 2014, Environment/Energy, In-Depth, Politics, The Beats
Experts warn public policy must change in wake of wildfires

Experts warn public policy must change in wake of wildfires

ASPEN -- Public policy and political will must shift as dramatically as the winds that have whipped Colorado’s record wildfires, experts say, or the state’s residents will continue to pay a higher and higher price for forests that are dying due to global...

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June 28, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics, Top Stories
In Colorado classrooms, climate change skepticism rising like ocean levels

In Colorado classrooms, climate change skepticism rising like ocean levels

Climate change skepticism is creeping into classrooms even as advocacy groups try to broaden their reach using new-school X Games athletes to spread the message to high schools students. ...

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January 31, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Marijuana, Politics
How close is too close? Proposed law would increase oil and gas setbacks to 1,000 feet

How close is too close? Proposed law would increase oil and gas setbacks to 1,000 feet

Colorado Democrats have introduced a bill in the State Legislature that would require hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells to be set back at least 1,000 feet from any school or residence. ...

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January 30, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics
State rep on school setbacks: ‘Good enough for pot shops, good enough for fracking’

State rep on school setbacks: ‘Good enough for pot shops, good enough for fracking’

State Representative Matt Jones on Thursday linked the highly controversial oil and gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to the recent federal government crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools in Colorado. ...

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January 20, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics, Top Stories
Obama touts record U.S. oil and gas production in wake of pipeline rejection

Obama touts record U.S. oil and gas production in wake of pipeline rejection

Rejecting both the Republican push for an accelerated Keystone XL oil pipeline and the GOP argument that he doesn’t care about jobs, President Barack Obama Wednesday touted his record of increased domestic oil and gas production. ...

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January 19, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Environment/Energy, Politics, Top Stories
Colorado lawmakers react to Obama rejection of fast-tracked Keystone XL

Colorado lawmakers react to Obama rejection of fast-tracked Keystone XL

President Barack Obama today agreed with a U.S. State Department recommendation not to fast track the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would move tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas. That decision predictably drew mixed...

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January 18, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics
Oil and gas activist groups buoyed by Gunnison County District Court ruling

Oil and gas activist groups buoyed by Gunnison County District Court ruling

Grassroots citizen-activist groups seeking more local control of oil and gas drilling are touting a Gunnison County District Court decision earlier this month finding “there is no express or implied preemption” of local regulations by the state of Colorado. ...

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January 18, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Environment/Energy, Politics
Hickenlooper cautions against more local control over oil and gas drilling

Hickenlooper cautions against more local control over oil and gas drilling

Governor John Hickenlooper Thursday praised state oil and gas regulators for passing the toughest hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rule in the country and warned against proposed legislation that would give local governments more authority over drilling. ...

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January 13, 2012 Center Well, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Environment/Energy, Politics
Snow drought forces Colorado to face frightening new climate-change reality

Snow drought forces Colorado to face frightening new climate-change reality

Just a year after record snowfall throughout much of the Rocky Mountain West, the region is locked in a snow drought not seen since Jimmy Carter surrendered the White House to Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. The record dry...

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January 9, 2012 Center Well, Environment/Energy, Politics, Top Stories

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Climate paradox: More snow, less water?

Juggling Colorado’s already stretched water resources is going to get even tougher in the decades ahead.

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THE BLOGS

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Will Hickenlooper’s fracking commission be clairvoyant?

None of the members appear to represent the views of the activist-constituents who spent thousands of hours of their lives working for greater local regulatory control. Unless they’re clairvoyant.

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EVENTS

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An evening with Mike Keefe, cartoonist

Mark your calendars for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Keefe on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m.

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