Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.
Republicans in Colorado’s Senate have advanced a pro-fracking measure that makes a statement in advance of a long-awaited report on new limits on the oil and gas industry.
Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.
There’s concern drilling and fracking could soon be happening in Arapahoe County after the group Conservation Colorado released a map showing the oil and gas leases filed in the last five years.
Mineral owners would get compensation from local governments that restrict fracking under a bill being considered by Colorado lawmakers.
A coalition including conservationists and neighborhood activists is asking Denver’s mayor and City Council to block fracking in the city and the river valleys that supply its drinking water.
One-fourth of the 2015 legislative session is in the books, meaning the niceties are over and longer days await lawmakers.
Proposals to increase the required distance between houses and oil and gas wells probably won’t be among the recommendations a state task force presents to Gov. John Hickenlooper after backers said Tuesday they didn’t have the votes.
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas is discussing proposals to force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.
Some Colorado lawmakers say cities that ban fracking should have to pay the owners of the mineral rights who are impacted, and the cost could run in the millions of dollars.