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BLM collecting public comments on local oil and gas leases; House passes Native American tuition discount
A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday night, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS. KDNK’s Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM’s David Boyd about the meetings this week, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.
American Indian students with historic tribal ties to Colorado would receive in-state college tuition under a bill that cleared the house on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Capitol Conversation: Big issues before the legislative session ends
Lawmakers at the state capitol have some big-ticket items to iron out before the session wraps up in May. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about some of those measures, as part of our capitol conversation series.
Follow-up visits to spill sites a rare occurrence; Student success act passes
Energy companies in Garfield County filed nearly 100 spill reports to state regulators in 2013, after releasing oil or drilling-related chemicals into the soil or water. Authorities say they try to follow up on spill sites to verify things were properly cleaned up--but as KDNK’s Ed Williams reports, state records show inspectors rarely visited spill sites last year.
Lawmakers have scaled back several provisions in a major education bill after hearing the concerns from school districts across the state. The Student Success Act initially passed the House on Wednesday with the new changes.
Local hummingbirds thrown off by changing climate
Springtime in the Rockies means the return of broad-tailed hummingbirds. But, warming planetary temperatures are creating a confusing environment for these tiny birds, which could permanently alter the population.
Weekly News Brief: Follow-up visits and KDNK News update
On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK’s Eric Skalac and Ed Williams talk about follow-up visits after oil and gas chemical spills, and an update on a KDNK story from last month.