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Broomfield

Concerns over oil and gas emissions during pandemic not enough to stop drilling in...

From her home in Broomfield, Susan Speece, 74, says she can tell when oil and gas workers are drilling.  “Burning eyes. Stuffy nose. Burning in...
Patrick Murphy, Boulder County Public Health employee, uses a FLIR infrared camera to check for gas leaks at a operating well pad in eastern Boulder County. (Photo by Ted Wood/The Story Group.)

The EPA has paused enforcing air quality laws. Colorado regulators say they will not...

State health officials say they’re trying to stay the course on regulating air and water pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic even as the Environmental...
Traffic congestion on I-25 northbound. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado will fight Trump administration’s rollback to vehicle emissions standards Emissions from trucks and...

Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser said on Tuesday he plans to sue the Trump administration over its new rule undoing Obama-era vehicle emissions standards.  The...
Suncor's oil refinery north of Elyria-Swansea on Jan. 11, 2020. At the end of December, the U.S. benchmark price for a barrel of oil was $62. By mid-March, as folks worldwide stopped flying and driving, it had dipped to around $20, before falling into negative territory, and then leveling off around $10 in April.

Suncor reports another unintentional chemical release The equipment failure comes after the state reached...

At about 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, an orange plume spewed from the stacks at the Suncor oil refinery in Commerce City due to an...

Report: Cancer-causing benzene spiked more than once at Bella Romero The report, commissioned by...

A new analysis of state data sheds more light on the benzene spike at Greeley’s Bella Romero Academy, indicating the cancer-causing chemical linked to...
health impacts. Elyria-Swansea

In wake of Suncor settlement, lawmakers double down on toxic emissions In absence of...

State air regulators last week reached a $9 million settlement with Suncor, the owner of the oil refinery in Commerce City, for violating the...

Colorado throws wolves to the vote Should democracy take over where science ends?

The last wolf resident in Colorado in the 20th century died in 1945 at the edge of the San Juan Mountains, where a high green...
health impacts. Elyria-Swansea

TABOR has become an unlikely foil in the fight to make polluters pay more...

Since 2010, the state has fined Suncor, the oil refinery in Commerce City, $3.7 million for violating the state’s air quality laws more than...
Photo of smoggy downtown Denver skyline via the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, Technical Services Program, Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding The Trump administration has asked Congress...

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal...
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette's wildnerness bill, which passed out of the U.S. House on Feb. 12, 2020, would designate 660,000 more acres of wilderness in Colorado, including land in the Handies Peak, Dolores River Canyon and Little Book Cliffs.(Photo by Bob Wick, BLM, via Flickr: Creative Commons.)

Massive Colorado wilderness bill clears U.S. House despite GOP opposition

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats approved legislation Wednesday that would place permanent wilderness protections on more than 660,000 acres of land in Colorado.  The bill...
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