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Guest Post: A victory of absence

NOTE: The Colorado Independent occasionally runs guest posts from government officials, local experts and concerned citizens on a variety of topics. These posts are meant to...

BLM lease sales explained: Why you can’t prevent drilling on public...

On June 8, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management Colorado will hold an online auction to sell leases for more than 100,000 acres of...

The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules

In 2014, Colorado became the first state to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas drilling, with the goal of shrinking its carbon footprint...

Environmental groups intervene to defend federal methane rule

Fifteen state, regional, tribal and national groups, including one from southwestern Colorado, have filed a legal motion with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

What were undercover agents doing at an anti-fracking protest in Colorado?

  Local and federal undercover law enforcement agents were assigned to monitor an anti-fracking demonstration in Lakewood this spring, according to emails and a report in...

Some businesses see opportunity in new methane rules

Natural gas wasted at well sites between 2009 and 2014 could have fueled five million households for a year.   DENVER - Some businesses are welcoming the...

BLM auctions drilling rights to Pawnee National Grasslands

Lakewood — Inside the Bureau of Land Management office Thursday, a fast talking, cowboy-hat-wearing auctioneer did quick work: In three hours, buyers had purchased...

Coal-fired debate over the federal coal program

Coal industry members, environmentalists and state and local officials all gathered in a Marriott hotel conference room in Golden on Tuesday to weigh in...

Judge blocks Colorado coal mine plan, orders feds to evaluate climate...

A court ruling issued in Colorado on Friday could nudge government agencies toward making more honest assessments of the climate impacts tied to the projects they approve for federal lands.

Rare Colorado wildflowers survive 30 years of bureaucratic bumbling

Saving tiny patches of rare plants from extinction is no easy task. In most cases, you can't just put a fence around them and call it good.