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Environment/Energy

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.)

Colorado will consider requiring drillers to track and report methane emissions State air quality...

Vehicles and power plants are by far the biggest producers of greenhouse gases in Colorado, contributing roughly 50% of all planet-warming emissions in our...
Congressman Joe Neguse (center, right) is pushing the "Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act," which aims to preserve about 400,000 acres of public lands in the state. The bill cleared the House Natural Resources committee by a vote of 23-15 along party lines. 

Massive Colorado wilderness bill advances in U.S. House

WASHINGTON -- Sweeping legislation that would preserve vast swaths of wilderness and recreation areas in Colorado advanced in the U.S. House on Wednesday.  The House...
Kelsey Persyn, a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, teaches a bear education program. Persyn utilizes props and the help of eager young volunteers to teach visitors the difference between black and grizzly bears. (Photo by Andria Hautamaki)

Close encounters with the bear kind The very places that attract visitors and newcomers...

At the height of the tourist season at Rocky Mountain National Park in 2018, a plump black bear ambled into the lobby of the...
Rep. Diana DeGette at a candidate forum in Denver in October 2018. (Photo by Rachel Lorenz for The Colorado Independent)

Trump EPA failing at its mission, say four former agency bosses Rep. Diana DeGette:...

WASHINGTON --  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency, a show of...
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt at Western Governors Association Conference in Vail on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Photo by Alex Burness)

In accidental interview, Interior Sec. David Bernhardt talks climate change, national parks and outdoor...

VAIL, Colo. -- Interior Secretary and native Coloradan David Bernhardt said Monday in a brief, if unintentional, interview with The Colorado Independent that he’s...
Jose Miranda lays down to cuddle with one of his water buffalo. They are very attached to him, excitedly running to the gate when his truck approaches for a visit. (Photo by Luna Anna Archey/High Country News)

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado The challenges and possibilities of...

“If more ranchers knew about water buffalo, they would forget about cows,” José Miranda, a Carbondale rancher, told me one morning last January over...
Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. (Photo by Bob Wick, BLM, via Flickr: Creative Commons.)

Move BLM headquarters to Colorado? Environmental groups pan proposal

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Colorado’s Congress members support a plan to move the national headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to...

Aurora residents cry foul on city’s draft agreements for new oil wells If council...

Update: After three hours of public testimony and heated debate among council members, the Aurora City Council voted, 6-4, to enter an agreement with...
Goodwin Fire, July 2017, Prescott National Forest. (Photo by U.S. Forest Service)

Wildfire escape routes? There’s (almost) an app for that. Scientists are using crowdsourced data...

In 2013, when a wildfire changed tack and made a run for the town of Yarnell, Arizona, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots...
Oil and gas development in new housing subdivision on Collier's Hill. (Photo by Ted Wood/The Story Group.)

Guest Post: Colorado’s toughest-in-the-nation air quality regulations are working A response to The Story...

There is much to dispute within Daniel Glick’s story, but let’s begin here: Our air quality conditions in Colorado are not worsening. In fact,...