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Colorado’s oil and gas regulatory agency – and other environmental programs...

Environmental and conservation programs, including the body that regulates Colorado's oil and gas industry, may see the cash influx they need to keep operating...

Colorado’s oil and gas regulatory agency is running out of money...

As the state grapples with the aftermath of last April's fatal pipeline explosion in Firestone and a fervent demand by residents to better regulate...

The road to a severance tax solution

Should Colorado lawmakers somehow convince oil and gas executives to voluntarily pay more severance taxes, some say that money needs to be a big part of fixing the state's critical transportation-funding shortfall.

New BLM oil shale regs draw fire from Salazar, environmental groups

As predicted by environmental groups in a Colorado Independent story last month, new federal regulations dictating government royalties for oil shale production on public lands in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah fall far short of fair compensation, numerous critics said Monday.

Western Slope pols look for energy industry to take voluntary tax...

The oil and gas industry spent $10.8 million to bring about the Election Day defeat of Amendment 58, a measure that would have dramatically increased the severance tax the industry pays to the state for extracting resources from Colorado soil. So it seems counter-intuitive that the industry would now voluntarily agree to pay even more severance tax, which in Colorado is currently the lowest among all major energy-producing states. But that’s exactly what key Western Slope lawmakers are hoping to accomplish in the coming months.

Lawmakers at odds on competing oil and gas severance tax amendments

State lawmakers and energy experts are hotly debating a pair of dueling oil and gas severance tax questions on the Nov. 4 ballot, with even some Republicans divided on Amendment 52, which is being touted by conservatives as an alternative to Gov. Bill Ritter’s Amendment 58 tax hike.

Ethics Watch targets GOP lawmakers backing Amendment 52

A Denver-based nonprofit legal watchdog group filed suit in Denver District Court Tuesday against three Republican state lawmakers, asking a judge to compel them to fully comply with an open-records request relating to their correspondence about Amendment 52.

Revenues from Severance Tax Hike Already in Debate

A severance tax hike proposal is certain to be on the 2008 ballot. How the monies are divvied up and who gets a piece...

Western Slope Round Up: Severance Tax is the Talk of the...

Severance tax is just about the No. 1 topic among oil-and-gas boom communities' political leaders on the Western Slope because in their opinion, it's...

Democrats Hatch School Funding Proposal

The rapidly increasing revenues from state and federal taxes and royalties on energy production is often nicknamed Colorado's Golden Goose. If Democrats get their...