Fossil Fuels

Deb Haaland's road to lead the Department of the Interior has been rocky, with some members of Congress using her confirmation process to air grievances with President Joe Biden's climate change agenda.

On Tuesday, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis, both Republicans, placed a procedural hold on her nomination, citing concerns about her positions on oil and gas development.


Colorado Coal Plants Won't Close Early

Jan 25, 2021
Cody Perry

Colorado regulators proposed early closures for three coal-fired power plants to improve air quality and fight Climate Change. Then, they “pulled a 180” on the decision a month later. KVNF’s Jodi Peterson has more on the proposal and why it was abandoned.

Daniel Rayzel

Photographers, migrating animals, and cultural histories all share a reliance upon - and admiration for - one thing: clear, dark, starry skies. But the preservation of dark skies is threatened by development, including sprawl and oil and gas infrastructure. As KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel reports, southeast Utah is one place where advocates say light pollution mitigation is often ignored.

What Else is Shut In When Wells Aren't Producing?

Jan 6, 2021
Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

With changing commodity prices and speculation, oil and gas wells on public lands aren’t always pumping. KZMU’s Justin Higginbottom investigates the lost zones in Utah, where wells are holding land from wilderness management, if not polluting. This story is part of a collaboration of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network stations, reporting on fossil fuels.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was tasked with overhauling oil and gas rules after SB-181 was passed in 2019. A central part was giving local communities more authority to regulate the industry. But two Front Range counties have different ideas of what local control means. KGNU's Maeve Conran reports.

Fossil Fuel Uncertainty Impacts Local Government Services

Dec 27, 2020
Matt Hoisch, KOTO

Across Colorado, oil and gas companies pay for a lot more than just jobs and equipment. They pay taxes that fund countless public services. So, what does it mean for a local government if oil and gas revenues become more uncertain? From Telluride, KOTO's Matt Hoisch takes a look. This story is part of a Rocky Mountain Radio Network collaborative, reporting on the fossil fuel industry.

When Blondie's Diner closes around 9 p.m. and a table of hunters finish their green chili cheeseburgers and head back to their hotel, the town of Naturita feels a bit like a ghost town.

There are two new marijuana dispensaries still open late with green neon signs, but on a November night at the start of hunting season, not many customers are partaking.

The only sound punctuating through the cold evening is a semi-truck idling in the parking lot of the Rimrocker Hotel, its driver trying to stay warm.

It's a good day when Tammie Delaney hears a train rumbling down the tracks outside of the century-old granary building she owns in Hayden.

"Oh, you get the train noise today!" she shouts as a train whistle pierces the usual silence in the small town of about 2,000 people.

The train whistles are an indicator of the economy in the Yampa Valley.

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James Ennis

  A new study by media and analysis firm Corporate Knights reveals that Colorado's Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) lost over 1.7 billion in retirement savings since 2009 by continuing to invest in fossil fuels. Climate activists hope the new data could convince PERA's Board of Trustees to take divestment action.