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Legal and regulatory experts agreed on several tactics for curbing excessive environmental litigation and the costly delays associated with the weaponized use of the courts at a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing yesterday. “I think the biggest issue is the impact of litigation on getting federal practices and projects done,” Ryan …

Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox challenged U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s position on a proposed Colorado ballot measure at a one-man stage play in the Congressman’s own backyard Tuesday. Fox was in Boulder, Colo. to perform his new solo spoken documentary “The Truth Has Changed” at the eTown Hall venue before a crowd of about one hundred attendees. Fox was also stumping in Colorado for Proposition 112, a 2,500-foot setback measure backed by Colorado Rising, a supporting co-host for the show. The group was recruiting volunteers and asking for donations from attendees to support the ballot measure.

As green groups gear up to spend record setting amounts during the 2018 campaign season, new research is shedding light on the billions of dollars being distributed by 10 national organizations to fund non-profit environmental initiatives, including more than $100 million spent in the West over the past decade. This …

Steyer Doubles Down On Democrats In Colorado

by Michael Sandoval September 20, 2018
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A Western Wire review of campaign finance records shows that California billionaire and prominent Democratic activist and donor Tom Steyer has upped his support for candidates up and down the ticket in the Centennial state. The Colorado Secretary of State’s Transparency in Contribution and Expenditure Reporting (TRACER) system shows that …

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XTO Energy Inc. will donate 5,000 acre-feet of water to the State of Colorado to assist with extreme drought conditions in the western part of the state, according to a company statement. The company, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, announced its plans to transfer the water from Ruedi Reservoir in Pitkin county “for use downstream of the reservoir, including for irrigation and fish habitat purposes.” XTO is coordinating the operation with Colorado’s Division Engineer’s office, the company said.

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The five members of the Weld County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously today to oppose Proposition 112, a proposed 2,500-foot setback on November’s ballot that they called a “dumb idea” and a “de facto ban” on oil and gas development. Weld County Chair Steve Moreno, Commissioner Sean Conway, Commissioner Pro-Tem Barbara Kirkmeyer, Commissioner Julie Cozad, and Commissioner Mike Freeman all gave full-throated support for the resolution introduced Monday.


Colorado State Rep. K.C. Becker (D-Boulder) has endorsed Proposition 112, a 2,500-foot setback on November’s ballot, confirming her decision to support the measure on Friday. Becker served as House Majority Leader and could be the next Speaker of the House in 2019 should her party retain control of the State’s lower chamber.