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In La Plata County, a heated effort to oust environmentalist commissioner

To hear La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt tell it, the breaking point was a chance meeting with Sen. John McCain. Last May, Lachelt...

Critics say outdated oil-and-gas royalty rate costing Colorado millions

In a state where the general fund is predicted to run dry by 2025 and where residents have to vote to raise taxes on themselves and rarely do, hiking the onshore royalty rate seems like an easy decision to make.

Feds weigh no-drilling plan for North Fork public lands

Home to the small towns of Hotchkiss, Crawford and Paonia, south east of Grand Junction, the North Fork River Valley has long been slated for oil-and-gas development, particularly on the surrounding federal land where exploration can be done inexpensively. But local residents came up with a different plan for how to use the 100 thousand-plus acres, and the feds have agreed to take it into consideration.

As Salazar Heads Back to Colorado, Friends and Foes Reflect on...

Like any good -- or bad -- Secretary of the Interior, Colorado’s Ken Salazar will leave Washington in a few weeks with a long list of both friends and enemies. Thing is though, they’re pretty much the same friends and enemies he had when he got there.

Obama touts record U.S. oil and gas production in wake of...

Rejecting both the Republican push for an accelerated Keystone XL oil pipeline and the GOP argument that he doesn’t care about jobs, President Barack Obama Wednesday touted his record of increased domestic oil and gas production.

Air emissions from gas fracking operations take center stage at EPA...

Harmful, smog-causing emissions from the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should be curtailed as swiftly as possible by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), conservation groups argued at an EPA meeting in Denver on Wednesday.