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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....

 

Efforts to move top US land managers west gain a strong ally

DENVER (AP) — From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation's most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for...

 

US officials consider new tool to combat mine spills: Robots

DENVER (AP) — Crumbling mine tunnels awash with polluted waters perforate the Colorado mountains, and scientists may one day send robots creeping through the pitch-black passages to study the mysterious currents that sometimes burst to the surface...

 

Authorities: Gunman who killed deputy had several weapons

DENVER (AP) — Investigators found several firearms in the apartment of a man who killed a Colorado sheriff's deputy and wounded six people, including four other officers, authorities said Thursday. Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman Lauren...

 

One more thing to ask Alexa: Where's Santa on Christmas Eve?

DENVER (AP) — Alexa, where's Santa? Amazon's diligent, computerized know-it-all is the latest technology to enlist in NORAD Tracks Santa, the military-run program that fields phone calls and emails from children around the world eager to ask when...

 

Air Force Academy silent on motive in alleged racist hoax

DENVER (AP) — The Air Force Academy said Wednesday it would not discuss what led a student to allegedly stage a hate crime, but a researcher said those who commit hoaxes are sometimes trying to bolster their reputations or want to deflect...

 

Foes of Obama oil-gas rule ask court to reconsider ruling

DENVER (AP) — Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them. Four states,...

 

2 states warn Trump against big changes in sage grouse plan

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two Western governors on Tuesday warned the Trump administration against making big changes in a plan to protect a ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not to bother working...

 

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