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Environment/Energy

Colorado residents near oil and gas sites have long worried about health impacts. A...

Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis, a pharmacist and organic farmer from unincorporated Boulder County, said she can see oil and gas companies burning off excess...
Greta Thunberg speaks to the crowd at the Climate Strike rally at Civic Center Park on Oct. 11, 2019. (Photo by Evan Semón)

Greta Thunberg rallies in Denver with young Colorado activists The Swedish climate activist joined...

Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of young and old Coloradans as they descended on Civic Center Park on Friday in a rally for...
Under the new MOU with Broomfield, Extraction would abandon the Lowell Pad, pictured here, and put in a new 19-well site named Livingston just southwest of Lowell, between Wildgrass and Anthem developments. (Ted Wood/The Story Group)

Colorado residents ask district court to halt oil and gas drilling until new regulations...

A group of frustrated Broomfield residents is asking the state court to halt oil and gas drilling in Colorado until state regulators update their...
Colorado Capitol early on May 10, 2018 after adjournment. Lawmakers in 2020 will debate bail reforms. (Photo by John Herrick)

Colorado lawmakers can now request reports on their bill’s contribution to climate change Legislative...

Lawmakers will soon have a better sense as to whether laws they write contribute to climate change.  The Democratic-controlled statehouse passed a bill in the...
The now operating wells at Crestone's Pratt site flank neighborhoods and the CO national Golf Course. (Photo by Ted Wood/The Story Group)

In Front Range region suffering from poor air quality, oil and gas drilling hasn’t...

In September, Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order aimed at improving air quality in Colorado’s northern Front Range, a region that is still...

Ask the Indy: In Colorado, how culpable are cows for climate change? Livestock is...

In response to a story The Colorado Independent wrote about proposed oil and gas air emissions regulations, reader Nancy McDonald asked if we have...
Machinery sits idle in May at the Van 4 mine, the subject of a July court decision ruling that it must be shut down and cleaned up. (Photo by Mark Olalde/Center for Public Integrity)

While ‘zombie’ mines idle, cleanup and workers suffer in limbo Instead of paying to...

This investigation was produced in collaboration with High Country News, The Center for Public Integrity and the Ohio Valley ReSource. The sound of metal banging against metal broke the...
A BLM intern works to identify idle oil wells and urge operators to either put them back in production or plug them permanently. Abandoned oil and gas wells can be pathways for methane to leak into the atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management)

Colorado Congresswoman DeGette aims to force Trump’s hand on methane rules

WASHINGTON — Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) is pushing legislation that would reverse some of the Trump administration’s oil and gas policies on federal lands.  The...
Among the millions of acres in the Bureau of Land Management's portfolio is the 41,170-acre Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico. (Photo by Bob Wick, BLM California via Flickr:Creative Commons)

U.S. senators attempt to thwart planned BLM move A Senate subcommittee zeroed out funding...

WASHINGTON — Congress and the Trump administration butted heads Tuesday over the plan to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado. The U.S....

Good grief: Scenes and stories from Colorado’s climate change strike Indy reporters fan out...

My two sons are always bickering about our gas-guzzling SUV, the newspaper we have delivered each morning, and the yogurt containers that occasionally end...