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The two men vying to become Colorado’s top legal officer battled over oil and gas permitting, the current officeholder’s conception of attorney general independence, and the need for more regulation in the energy space at a debate hosted by Club 20. Phil Weiser, a Democrat and the former dean of the University of Colorado Law school and a senior adviser in the Obama White House, squared off against Republican George Brauchler, the district attorney for the 18thJudicial District, Colorado’s largest, on Saturday evening at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

City officials in both Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia are indicating their governments may be next to pursue climate lawsuits against energy companies. The City Attorney of Seattle revealed this week that his office is considering filing such a lawsuit and is partnering up with class action law firm, Keller …

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Colorado should not legislate through the courts, especially on environmental and energy issues, or push regulations that harm the state’s economy by targeting oil and gas, Republican George Brauchler said this week. Brauchler, the district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, is running for attorney general this year after departing the hotly contested GOP gubernatorial primary. He faces Phil Weiser, a Democrat and former dean of the University of Colorado Law school and an Obama White House senior adviser.

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As summer begins to fade into the upcoming Labor Day weekend, building support for fixing the nearly $12 billion in maintenance backlogs at the nation’s prized national parks and historical sites could become a little easier, thanks to a new tracking tool that breaks down individual state and park repair needs using federal data. The Pew Charitable Trust has launched a new deferred maintenance tool that tracks the estimated $11.6 billion in infrastructure and other maintenance backlogs throughout the National Park System (NPS). The site’s interactive data tool categorizes repair needs by state and by parks individually, using NPS raw information acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Democratic state attorney general offices across the country have received legal fellows sponsored by a wealthy environmental foundation to work pro bono on climate policy issues as a member of the attorney general’s staff, according to a new report. The revelations are based on public records obtained through a series of open records requests filed in multiple …

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A pair of well-funded, national anti-fossil fuel groups today rushed to announce they were ready to “get to work” passing Colorado’s Initiative 97, a statewide 2,500-foot setback that will appear on November’s ballot. The Colorado Secretary of State confirmed today that the proponents of the measure, Colorado Rising, had submitted sufficient valid signatures to cover the requirement of 98,492 signatures in order to appear in this fall’s election.

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Congressman Jared Polis declared that a proposed oil and gas setback that could appear on Colorado’s November ballot represented a near-ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state and clarified his opposition to the measure Wednesday at an oil and gas industry luncheon in Denver. Both gubernatorial candidates, Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Polis, spoke separately before a standing-room only crowd at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s Energy Summit at the Colorado Convention Center.