Western Energy Alliance
A group of bills called the “Frack Pack” announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in oil prices.
The federal government is making more than 90 percent of the 2.2-million-acre White River National Forest off-limits to future energy exploration.
Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other activity to preserve the bird’s habitat in parts of Colorado and Utah.
An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.
The federal government this week declared more than 400,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration or any other kind of development to protect the Gunnison sage grouse.
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.
Two Colorado state legislators say a stable regulatory environment is what makes it possible for energy developers to do business.
Conservationists and some Colorado Democrats are praising the choice of four areas in the state that President Barack Obama’s administration says should receive wilderness or conservation protection.
The energy industry asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to take more time to rethink its proposed rules for limiting air pollution at oil and gas wells.
Groups representing oil and gas companies say they’re concerned that Colorado’s proposed rule for managing roadless forests would essentially designate more areas as wilderness.