A Colorado oil and gas company has announced a plan to mitigate, reduce, and eliminate noise, light, and other impacts of operations around a Northern Colorado school by shifting 80 percent of drilling and other activities outside of school hours, according to a statement. Extraction Oil & Gas will reduce drilling and completion efforts at its Vetting site located just east of Greeley, Colo., to mitigate any disruption at nearby Bella Romero Academy.

Former Democratic governor and Obama Administration officials agreed for the need to streamline and improve the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) approval process during a panel discussion hosted by the Wilderness Society today. “One of the criticisms of the Obama administration was overreach, regulatory overreach. And that might be a fair criticism, there may be places where the administration overreached in certain areas or certain aspects,” said Bill Ritter, current director of the Center for New Energy Economy and former Democratic Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2010. 

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A House Democrat representing a Denver suburb compared oil and natural gas development to making explosives and rat poison during debate on the Colorado House floor at the Capitol on Monday. In comments over HB-1352, Rep. Matt Gray (D-Broomfield), a sponsor of the bill to clarify setbacks near schools, told his colleagues, “If all you hear about what’s going on is what happens at this well, what you see in the newspaper, you don’t understand what that means to the residents who are affected by that. You would understand it if somebody said, ‘I want to put a fireworks factory in your district.’ People would be like, ‘What is going on, you’re going to put that next to a neighborhood?’”


A federal judge in New Mexico tossed out a lawsuit from environmental groups that claimed oil and natural gas production was encroaching on the Chaco Culture National Historic Park, known for ancient ruins and pueblos. In his final judgment Judge James Browning dismissed all of the claims under the National …

The National Environmental Policy Act has been “weaponized” through decades of expansive mission creep and the imposition of costly litigation that has delayed and deterred resource and infrastructure development throughout the United States, according to a hearing today in the House Natural Resources Committee. The nearly half-century old environmental law could be streamlined, environmental reviews applied consistently, and unnecessary review documentation reduced, according to supporters and critics of the NEPA process at the hearing.

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More details have emerged about how a libertarian-leaning think tank joined an environmental non-profit to offer their legal services to a climate lawsuit spearheaded by Boulder, Colo. Pointing to property rights claims instead of climate policy concerns, the lead counsel for the Niskanen Center, David Bookbinder, chief legal counsel for the think tank and co-counsel for the Boulder lawsuit says the organization initially got involved thanks to a connection with EarthRights International.

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A libertarian group providing legal support in the climate lawsuit filed by three Colorado communities against energy producers received a major donation in February from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), a wealthy foundation at the heart of the activist campaigns against the industry. The RBF’s online grant database shows a …