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Oil is a growth business, despite the change in the world’s energy mix. With exports from the Bakken formation centered on western North Dakota already heading to Asian and European markets, the future for North American shale and onshore production, for at least the next two decades, appears promising, according to Barry Biggs, Vice President of Onshore for Hess.

Western Wire Managing Editor Michael Sandoval had a full slate of radio appearances this week to discuss a series of emails obtained by Western Wire through an open records request between two of Colorado’s top health officials outlining a series of meetings with state agency staff to discuss a raft of potential policy issues, beginning with suggestions forwarded by a climate action organization formerly headed by one of the officials.

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In a surprise move, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D-CO) reversed course on a key environmental issue—ground-level ozone—that could have serious repercussions for incoming federal highway dollars and restrict economic development in the Denver metro area. Last year, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s administration acknowledged the ozone nonattainment designation, saying the …

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For once, industry and activists are both on the same side: no comment on the bill. Or for those over 40, where’s the beef? Colorado caught a sneak peek at the Democrats’ expected oil and gas legislation when Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, House Speaker K.C. Becker, and Gov. Jared Polis pulled the curtain back just slightly to offer a preview of their upcoming comprehensive oil and gas legislation, but provided little in the way of concrete, nuts-and-bolts details that both industry observers and anti-oil and gas activists could dig into without a bill.

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The foundations funding the national litigation effort against energy companies are the same donors supporting the Sunrise Movement, the upstart group behind the recent push for the Green New Deal, according to reporting by Inside Philanthropy. A recent profile of Sunrise shows that the group received much of its initial …

Last week, Western Wire Managing Editor Michael Sandoval joined Jon Ekstrom, producer of Vital for Colorado Radio, to discuss the outlet’s coverage of state and federal regulations and policymaking, and a look forward to 2019’s policy battles in oil and gas. “Connect & Collaborate” is a project of the Colorado Business Roundtable, and appears every week on AM 1690 KDMT.

As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepares to exit at the end of the year, and candidates for his replacement are in the mix to be announced before the Christmas holiday, Western Wire takes a look at some of the key policies he advanced that will likely continue under the next head of the agency. Revamping and modernizing the responsiveness of Interior and its sub-agencies, like the Bureau of Land Management, or seeking dedicated funding for maintenance backlogs at the National Park Service are policies promoted by Sec. Zinke that enjoyed strong, bipartisan support.


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