Oil & Gas

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Early next week, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meets to begin implementing changes in accordance with SB 181, signed into law in April. COGCC Assistant Director Julie Murphy described the changes to come at a recent Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality / Quantity Committee meeting.

Cities and counties that have spent years fighting for more regulatory power over the state’s oil and gas industry are now just one signature away from getting it.

Democrats in the Colorado Senate gave their final approval on Wednesday to Senate Bill 181, which will let local governments increase setbacks and impose fines for spills and air quality violations.

It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis, who is expected to sign it.

The basement of the state Capitol is ground zero for legislative strategizing. Lobbyists take over the small cafeteria and crowd around tables with lawmakers for several hours. Some walk into the bathrooms still talking on their phones about legislation. It’s here in this noisy basement where the oil and gas industry has been mounting fierce opposition to stronger regulations on the industry.

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The US Department of Interior announced this week the roll-back of the 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule that had tightened oil and gas regulations on Bureau of Land Management lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jayson O’Neill, deputy director of the Western Values Project, a Montana-based public lands watchdog group, about the costs of the rollback.

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State Air Quality Control Division officials in Rifle for a meeting last week got an earful from residents worried about natural gas extraction impacts on Western Slope air quality. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. You can listen to the unedited public comments from the meeting by clicking here.


Despite his efforts to promote domestic energy dominance, President Trump may have shot himself in the foot with tariffs on steel and aluminum. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb about how the tariffs could have a negative impact on the oil, gas and solar energy industries. Click here to read the story.

Sounds of the High Country: The Big Public Land Sell-Out?

Feb 23, 2018

 


Federal lands are not yet being transferred wholesale to states but Jonathan Thompson, contributing editor for High Country News, says oil and gas leasing is taking the public out of public lands. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s Sounds of the High Country. Click here to read all of Thompson's story.

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.

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Coloradoans are raising concerns about the number of permits granted to oil and gas companies, especially with regard to fracking in close proximity to communities. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

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Many Battlement Mesa residents were disappointed in a decision made by Garfield County Commissioners Thursday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The BLM recently released a plan to open land upstream from Paonia for oil and gas drilling, a decision that many citizens feel threatens the new economy. For more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Madeleine Osberger about her recent article, "After BLM decision, Paonia at a crossroads," for Aspen Daily News.