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Roughly one thousand oil and gas workers and state lawmakers rallied early Tuesday at the Colorado State Capitol in opposition to a comprehensive oil and natural gas reform bill they say ignores the will of the state’s voters, threatens the state’s economy, and fundamentally misunderstands their jobs. Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg and House Speaker K.C. Becker introduced a highly anticipated Senate Bill 181 late last Friday, just one day after a joint press conference with Gov. Jared Polis. The Boulder lawmakers hope to tackle what they see as problems with the state’s oil and gas regulatory body, expand communities’ level of local control, and clarify the state’s policy on forced pooling of mineral rights owners.

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A climate change hearing Tuesday before the U.S. House came to an abrupt end because the Democratic majority was mostly absent and Republican colleagues voted to end the hearing early. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) challenged the grounds for the hearing by noting the panel of experts and the topics to be discussed were outside the jurisdiction for the subcommittee. House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) dubbed February climate change month. The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing was scheduled as part the slate of multiple hearings held this month to tackle climate change. The hearing was to frame denial of climate science in the context of the National Football League ignoring impacts of player concussions and pharmaceutical companies not addressing the opioid addiction crisis.

Activists in Denver hoped that an afternoon rally and personal appeal might make a prominent convert of one of Colorado’s two U.S. Senators and a possible Democratic candidate for president to the so-called ‘Green New Deal.’ Protesters with the Sunrise Movement held signs and hoped to meet with U.S. Sen. …

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The builder of the Dakota Access Pipeline has not given up on the goal to seek redress for months of protests, project delays, and cleanup after a federal judge dismissed racketeering claims against Greenpeace on February 14. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) sued Greenpeace in North Dakota state court, along with …

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Boulder’s top Democratic elected officials discussed the rollout of potential legislation on planned oil and gas reforms at a public townhall meeting back in their district, facing opposition and criticism from activists who made it clear the newly elected majorities at the State Capitol were not going far enough on the issue for their tastes. House Speaker K.C. Becker, State Rep. Edie Hooton, and Senate Majority Leader Stephen Fenberg drew an engaged—and sometimes unruly—crowd of approximately one hundred community members and activists to a packed townhall meeting on Thursday at the Boulder Elks’ Lodge. Their plans for a question-and-answer exchange via note cards was repeatedly challenged by audience members who frequently stood or interrupted the legislators, particularly on the issue of oil and gas regulation.

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A forthcoming multi-year study of human health effects from oil and gas production from Colorado’s public health officials and a state university should be published before the end of the current legislative session, according to agency officials. On Wednesday, Democratic officials at the Colorado General Assembly promised “probably the most meaningful reform” on oil and gas issues with legislation they expect to introduce as early as next month.

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An anti-oil and gas activist group with a focus on litigation and protesting has announced its intent to file suit for alleged Clean Air Act violations against seven Colorado oil and gas companies and is seeking more than $1.3 billion in penalties, according to a statement released Tuesday. WildEarth Guardians hopes to force penalties of nearly $100,000 per violation per day, using Clean Air Act language, that could amount to what it estimated as approximately $1.3 billion in penalties at more than a dozen facilities across Colorado. The group alleges multiple infractions in 2018, charging that the companies proceeded with drilling oil and gas wells without properly permitting the sites.