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.


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.

The president of a research firm whose client-focused study on the possible effects of Proposition 112 was used by opponents of oil and natural gas drilling to bolster their push in the final days of the election season, pushed back today to clarify the devastating impact a 2,500-foot setback would have for Colorado. “Our work confirms Proposition 112 will have extremely negative consequences for oil and gas activity in the [Denver-Julesburg] Basin,” according to Manuj Nikhanj, President and co-CEO, RS Energy Group.


An attorney supporting municipalities in the Boulder, Colo., climate lawsuit compared damages plaintiffs are seeking from defendants ExxonMobil and Suncor to an “internal carbon tax” at a panel event hosted by the Federalist Society in New York on Tuesday. David Bookbinder, chief counsel at the Niskanen Center and co-counsel for …

A new spot this week targets New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas and the state’s use of privately funded legal fellows in the state attorney general’s office paid for by an out-of-state billionaire to provide assistance on litigation and promote “clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies.” The ads by Climate Litigation Watch, a project of the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C., according to the release, will run on radio, television, and online.


A new study released today could give us a better understanding of methane emissions from oil and gas activity. Dr. Dan Zimmerle and Dr. Tim Vaughn of Colorado State University (CSU) were the lead authors of a new Basin Methane Reconciliation Study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS), which attempts to address a problem that has long vexed researchers on methane emissions: why do some studies show dramatically different results than others?