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Activists want details on inquiry into ex-nuke weapons plant

DENVER (AP) — Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents co...

 

Colorado expands buffer zone between schools, oil-gas wells

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators voted Tuesday to expand the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property, a rare victory for proponents of tighter rules for the industry. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

 

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully...

 

Endangered Mexican wolf escapes at Colorado wildlife center

DENVER (AP) — An endangered Mexican wolf escaped from a Colorado wildlife center where it had been taken to breed with other captive wolves, authorities said Wednesday. The year-old, captive-born male got out of an enclosure at the Colorado Wolf...

 

Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in California and other Western states. Trump signed a memora...

 

Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes oil and gas lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for six young people who want the state to impose tougher safeguards on the energy industry told the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday that the law requires regulators to protect public health from the hazards of...

 

Former Colorado nuke site opens to public as wildlife refuge

DENVER (AP) — Cyclists and hikers explored a newly opened wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado on Saturday, while a protester in a gas mask brought signs warning about the dangers of plutonium. With no fanfare,...

 

Trump panel wants changes in royalties from public oil, gas

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — A Trump administration advisory committee on Thursday recommended a change in the way energy companies calculate how much money they owe taxpayers for pumping natural gas from public lands. But the U.S. Interior Department's...

 

Colorado objects to Trump administration's public land rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday the Trump administration is not giving the public nearly enough time to comment on plans to drill for oil and gas on vast tracts of public land In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land...

 

Colorado says it's cut methane leaks as Trump eases US rules

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support. Energy companies...

 

Proposal to limit oil, gas drilling gets on Colorado ballot

DENVER (AP) — A contentious proposal to tightly restrict the location of new oil and gas wells in Colorado attracted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, election officials said Wednesday. The measure, known as I...

 

Colorado governor candidates outline differences on energy

DENVER (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton warned Wednesday that Democrats want to impose job-killing restrictions on oil and gas development in Colorado, while Democrat Jared Polis said the state has to try to settle...

 

Father of slain Colorado woman sobs, seethes in courtroom

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Frank Rzucek Sr. leaned forward in a Colorado courtroom, weeping with his face in his hands as his son-in-law, just feet away, was told Tuesday he could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Rzucek's daughter and two...

 

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request to bar the public from a Colorado wildlife refuge that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. Environmentalists and community activists had asked the judge to issue a preliminary...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    July 11, 2018

US delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns la...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    June 8, 2018

APNewsBreak: Official blasts critic of nuclear plant cleanup

DENVER (AP) — A U.S. official harshly criticized a Colorado health officer who questioned the safety of a former nuclear weapons plant and said he did not trust the federal government's assurances that the site was thoroughly cleaned up before...

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    May 10, 2018

Lawsuit: Energy company cut safety budget before fatal blast

DENVER (AP) — A shareholder lawsuit alleges Anadarko Petroleum was focused on keeping oil and gas flowing from older wells, not fixing potential safety problems, in the months before a fatal house explosion in Colorado linked to an Anadarko well....

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    March 30, 2018

US plant that destroys chemical weapons beset by troubles

DENVER (AP) — A highly automated, multibillion-dollar plant in Colorado that destroys U.S. chemical weapons is over budget, behind schedule and bedeviled by troubles that could worsen the danger to workers. But when the Army said this month it...

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    March 23, 2018

Army seeks changes to chemical weapons disposal in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its huge stockpile of obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contamination escaping into the air. The Army's Pueblo...

 
 By DAN ELLIOTT    Regional    March 16, 2018

APNewsBreak: EPA may be overstating claims from mine spill

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has almost finished an overdue review of damage claims from a Colorado mine waste spill that the agency accidentally triggered, but an internal agency accounting of those claims...

 

US Forest Service interim chief confronts misconduct scandal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — After a career spent battling wildland fires across the West, U.S. Forest Service interim Chief Vicki Christiansen must now confront another sort of crisis: the harassment and bullying of women that's persisted in the...

 

US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington's power

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he tol...

 

Colorado OKs new rules for oil, gas lines after fatal blast

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators approved new rules for thousands of oil and gas pipelines Tuesday, 10 months after investigators blamed a leaking pipeline for a fatal gas explosion. The regulations set requirements for installing, testing and shu...

 

Despite complaints, Interior boss pushing big reorganization

DENVER (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pressing ahead with a massive overhaul of his department, despite growing opposition to his proposal to move hundreds of public employees out of Washington and create a new organizational map that larg...

 

Governors say Interior Department shift didn't include them

DENVER (AP) — A bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency, and have asked him to delay implementing the proposal until he speaks with them....

 

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