Western Caucus Introduces Bipartisan Package Of Bills Aimed To Reform, Update ESA

by MICHAEL SANDOVAL July 12, 2018

Western Wire

Congressional Western Caucus members unveiled a raft of bipartisan bills aimed at reforming the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a legislative hearing Thursday, aimed at updating what one Congressman called an “8-track law in a Spotify world.” Pushing back on the “historically and currently problematic or dysfunctional components” of ESA, …

Daines: We Should Unlock Montana’s Public Lands From Being Held Hostage

by Sen. Steve Daines July 11, 2018

Public lands are a critical part of the Western way of life. What you may not know is that there are millions of public lands that have been held hostage because of the inaction of Congress. In Montana there are still over 1 million acres that have been locked up. …

‘Political Theater’: Emergency Oil & Gas Ordinance Proposed In Erie

by Michael Sandoval July 10, 2018


A proposed ordinance in a Denver suburb calling for a temporary moratorium under emergency circumstances goes before the Erie Board of Trustees tonight in Erie, Colo., with one of the trustees expressing concern over the last-minute addition to the council’s agenda he says was faster than usual and could be nothing more than “political theater.” “At the end of the day it’s not going to do much. And I do wonder if this is some type of political theater because the reality is, I’ve been a trustee since 2013 and I’ve realized that again, I just know our limits,” Trustee Dan Woog told Western Wire. “We updated our code, I believe in 2015, I don’t know if there’s talk about doing that again, and frankly that’s something I’m going to ask again tonight.”

Current Climate Policy A ‘Failure,’ Says Pielke, Jr.

by Michael Sandoval July 6, 2018

University of Colorado

A University of Colorado Boulder professor is calling for a reset of “business-as-usual climate policy” that is “not working,” according to a new paper. Roger Pielke, Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado Center for Science & Technology Policy Research, called the status quo assumptions and policy framework of the past thirty years a “failure.”

Setback Initiative Would Put Most Of Colorado Off-Limits To New O&G Development, Commission Finds

by Michael Sandoval July 5, 2018


More than half of the state of Colorado would be off-limits to new oil and gas development, including 85.4 percent—or 36.3 million acres of the state’s non-federal lands, according to a new assessment by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The new calculations by the state’s regulatory body examine the effects a 2,500-foot setback—part of this fall’s ballot initiative #97—would have if voters approve the measure in November.

Climate Lawsuits Could Pressure Lawmakers To Lower Legal Standards Says Former Interior Secretary

by Michael Sandoval July 3, 2018

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Former Interior Secretary and Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton said the national campaign for climate litigation would likely follow in the footsteps of previous tobacco litigation, with states revising their laws and lowering the standards for finding harm, in comments delivered at an energy forum last week in Denver. Last week at a forum hosted by the Western Caucus Foundation, Norton called the recent climate litigation hypocritical, saying the contingency-fee led lawsuits are a “recipe” for even more legal action.