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Fresh off the Democratic capture of the U.S. House of Representatives, green groups with ties to wealthy anti-fossil fuel foundations are working to position climate change as a top priority despite very little traction for the issue on the campaign trail. Members of Bill McKibben’s 350.org-backed youth activist group Sunrise Movement have challenged Democratic leaders to take up plans for a “Green New Deal,” confronting top members of the House Democratic leadership in recent days.

Western and national oil and gas industry groups today told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that revisions to the agency’s methane rule were “on the right track” while touting industry’s success at cutting emissions significantly. “EPA is on the right track in revising OOOOa, as the changes proposed are designed …

EPA To Host Public Hearing In Denver On Quad Oa Rule

by Michael Sandoval November 13, 2018

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The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing Wednesday on revisions proposed in September to an Obama-era rule on regulating methane emissions. The EPA’s proposed rule “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration,” according to the agency, will “significantly reduce regulatory burden, saving the industry tens of millions of dollars in compliance costs each year.”

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The Democratic pickup Tuesday night of the traditionally low-key, down-ballot land commissioner race in New Mexico was a surprise to political observers in the state, who expected the race to be the lone Republican highlight in an otherwise blue wave. State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, won by 8 points, 51 to 43 percent, defeating Patrick Lyons, a Republican who previously held the office between 2003 and 2010.

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Western Wire takes a quick look at some important races across the west that impact energy issues and particularly, those of oil and gas. All results as of 10:30pm, MST.

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The race to manage the State Lands Office and billions in revenue has sparked a contentious down-ballot race in the 2018 Midterm that has drawn national attention, prompting an influx of money into the race between Patrick Lyons, a Republican who previously held the office between 2003 and 2010, and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat. The New Mexico Land Commissioner administers oil and gas drilling on state lands, as well as renewable energy projects, to “optimize revenues while protecting the health of the land for future generations,” according to the state lands website.

Calling Colorado a model for the rest of the country when it comes to energy production and regulations to protect the environment, the Democratic nominee for attorney general said he’d look to build on rules developed in the state and adopted nationally, like the federal methane rule, as guidance. Phil Weiser, a Democrat and former dean of the University of Colorado Law School and an Obama White House senior adviser, faces George Brauchler, the district attorney for the 18thJudicial District.


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