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Environment/Energy

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...

Opinion: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate

This story was originally published by Marion Hourdequin,  a Colorado College professor specializing in environmental philosophy, on The Conversation on September 18, 2019. Even if...
Peaches grow in the orchards of Ela Family Farms ― a fourth-generation orchard in Hotchkiss, CO. (Photo courtesy of Ela Family Farms)

Guest Post: New fracking plan could threaten the Colorado peach

Nothing says summer in Colorado like the treasured Western Slope peach, and we've had a spectacular season. Thousands of pounds of the succulent fruit have...
Oil and gas land managment must accommodate wildlife and growth

Guest Post: Finding accommodation among wildlife, growth, and oil and gas leasing

Last month, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order that directs state agencies to prioritize protections for big game migratory corridors and winter ranges....
Scenery at Colorado National Monument, USA - Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel

Lawmakers grill Trump official on plan to shift BLM HQ to Colorado 

WASHINGTON — The head of the Bureau of Land Management today defended the Trump administration’s plans to close the agency’s Washington, D.C., office and...
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.

EPA mulls further delays to rein in Front Range ozone as residents voice health...

The Environmental Protection Agency is poised to order a crackdown on polluters in the northern Front Range who contribute to the region’s unhealthy levels...
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