Oil & Gas
By appealing to the federal government to allow Colorado to pay for the opening of Rocky Mountain National Park, Gov. John Hickenlooper may have reinvigorated more than the tourist season for Estes Park.
After a 16th significant oil spill was discovered this week in the wake of Colorado’s historic flooding, state regulators are warning people to stay away from areas where spills have taken place.
As inspectors with the state of Colorado and the Environmental Protection Agency begin looking into oil spills that have resulted from the state’s historic flooding, some farmers and ranchers are viewing the state’s waterways that flows near their land with concern.
Colorado’s flooding has shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in the state’s top petroleum patch and triggered at least two significant spills.
Natural gas production in Colorado could increase dramatically over the next few years after the Department of Energy cleared the way for more gas to be exported.
Several Colorado counties that strongly oppose increased regulation of the oil and gas industry say they want to form their own state.
Some northern Colorado communities are looking to strictly regulate oil and gas drilling rather than stopping it all together.
They packed committee hearings, waved signs and even publicly heckled Colorado’s governor. But oil and gas drilling critics saw one political failure after another in the legislative session that ended this week.
Colorado health officials say there is no public health danger from chemicals leaking into groundwater in Parachute but dozens of people had questions about the incident.
A battle over oil and gas regulations is heating up at the Capitol as some lawmakers say more must be done to hold the industry accountable.