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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.

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A bipartisan bill to dedicate funding to the nation’s beloved National Park System facing billions of dollars in maintenance backlogs and other deferred infrastructure from House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) was introduced Thursday. More than 90 House members have co-sponsored the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, which would apply federal energy development revenue to deal with the nearly $12 billion in deferred maintenance backlogs, including historical sites, buildings and, most importantly for access to the parks and sites themselves, roads.

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Two new studies released in January underscore the importance of oil and natural gas revenues’ impact on education funding in New Mexico and Colorado. The news comes as New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) pushes for an increase in teacher salaries and universal preschool and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) calls for full-day kindergarten.

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A bill that would institute a four-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New Mexico has been introduced in the state legislature and is raising questions about the impact such a proposal would have on the nation’s third-largest oil producing state. The bill, SB 459 calls for New Mexico’s Department of …

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Following President Trump’s State of the Union address, Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt  paid a visit to Hobbs, N.M. today to help promote the administration’s agenda on energy issues. Bernhart spent the afternoon on-site at Watson Hopper, Inc., a company that manufacturers and sells equipment for oil rigs. …

Congressional Outlook: Energy Policy in 2019

by ELENA CONNOLLY February 6, 2019

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As Congress refocuses on its work following the partial government shutdown and yesterday’s State of the Union address, leaders in both chambers have laid out their priorities around energy policy for the session and are starting to hold a flurry of hearings. The Democratic-controlled House is putting climate change front …