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 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...

 

Study: More evidence links earthquakes to energy waste wells

DENVER (AP) — Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused...

 

Colorado says 430 pipelines failed leak test after explosion

DENVER (AP) — Tiny holes or faulty parts could be the reason that about 430 oil or gas pipelines in Colorado failed a leak-detection test after a fatal explosion blamed on gas seeping from a severed line, regulators said Thursday. The Colorado Oil...

 

US, Mexico reach deal to conserve Colorado River water

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The United States and Mexico unveiled an agreement Wednesday to preserve the overtaxed Colorado River, including spending millions of dollars on conservation and environmental projects and drawing up plans to deal with any...

 

US, Mexico expand pact on managing overused Colorado River

DENVER (AP) — The United States and Mexico have agreed to renew and expand a far-reaching conservation agreement that governs how they manage the overused Colorado River, which supplies water to millions of people and to farms in both nations,...

 

Appeals court sidesteps decision on US fracking regulations

DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday sidestepped a decision on whether oil and gas regulations enacted by the Obama administration are legal, noting that the current administration plans to rescind them. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of...

 

Barrier put in mine that sent toxic water into 3 states

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is installing a barrier and valve inside an inactive Colorado mine to prevent another surge of wastewater like a 2015 blowout that contaminated rivers in three states. The 12-inch...

 

Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said...

 

Colorado outlines new pipeline rules after fatal explosion

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators made public a rough outline Wednesday for new rules for oil and gas pipelines after a fatal house explosion blamed on a natural gas leak. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's outline calls for new...

 

This US wildfire season is among the worst: Here's why

DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National...

 

The US West had a snowy winter, so why the fiery summer?

DENVER (AP) — Acrid yellow smoke clogs the skies of major Western U.S. cities, a human-caused fire in the Columbia River Gorge rains ash on Portland, Oregon, and a century-old backcountry chalet burns to the ground in Montana's Glacier National...

 

Big Colorado electric utility may shut 2 coal units early

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's largest electrical utility said Tuesday it is considering shutting down two coal-fired generating units a decade earlier than planned and replacing them with power from a mix of wind, solar and natural gas. Xcel Energy...

 

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