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Western Wire will update this blog throughout the day as reactions pour in from across the state. From the Colorado Supreme Court this morning: The supreme court now reverses the division’s judgment and concludes that the Commission properly declined to engage in rulemaking to consider Respondents’ proposed rule. The court …

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Gov. Jared Polis outlined his vision for Colorado’s energy future in his State of the State address Thursday at the Capitol. Polis, speaking to both houses of the Colorado General Assembly, declared that it was “time for us to take meaningful action to address the conflicts between oil and gas …

Colorado Rising held a rally on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol today to push for a moratorium on new drilling.  A group of several dozen protesters gathered with anti-fossil fuel signs and sang popular songs with lyrics changed to reflect their messaging.  The demonstrators then positioned themselves on …

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Former Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar is assuming the role of executive director of Colorado Rising, promising to take on the “fossil fuel dragon” in a video that announced his new leadership role this week. Colorado Rising is the group behind 2018’s Proposition 112, the measure that would have mandated …

Delays to energy infrastructure projects and bans to natural gas development by “keep it in the ground” activists have cost more than $91 billion in foregone economic impact, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. “This new analysis by the Chamber’s Global Energy …

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The state agency charged with regulating oil and gas drilling in Colorado voted unanimously to increase setbacks from school facilities in a new rulemaking supported by a diverse group of local governments, school boards, trade and conservation organizations, and other stakeholders from across the state. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) held their rulemaking hearing in Denver on Tuesday to discuss new regulations regarding setback requirements between oil and gas drilling permits and a new definition of school facilities that extended the current 1,000-foot setback from school buildings to outdoor properties, such as the property line of the school’s footprint or adjacent areas owned by the schools and used for sports or playgrounds.

As activists who brought a 2,500-foot setback to Colorado voters in 2018 vow to return in two years with a similar measure, a video has surfaced of one of the failed measure’s biggest proponents—350.org’s Bill McKibben—in an October appearance applauding the effort to “fundamentally break” the oil and gas industry. McKibben’s “A Night of Inspiration” on Friday, October 19th was billed as dinner and auction to raise funds for the Proposition 112 campaign, Colorado Rising.