The team over at ThinkProgress posted a well researched, thoughtful article on Rep. Tipton’s field hearing today to review drilling standards. It turns out there is evidence that drilling near groundwater supplies can have negative effects on people’s health. Click to read the full story.
On Friday, Rep. Doug Lamborn’s Energy & Minerals Subcommittee is holding a hearing to examine categorical exclusions, or CX. During the Bush years, BLM officials used CX to avoid conducting comprehensive environmental impact studies prior to green lighting drilling permits. In May of 2010, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reformed the use of CX in drilling… Read more »
In the course of some routine research, Checks and Balances came across an interesting piece of information. James Schroeder, President and CEO of Mesa Energy Partners, LLC and President of the Western Energy Alliance is scheduled to be a witness at Rep. Lamborn’s hearing Tuesday. Schroeder contributed $2,000 to the Western Energy Alliance’s PAC in… Read more »
**Update: Our friend Tom Kenworthy from the Center for American Progress breaks down the economic facts behind drilling over at The Wonk Room. The question remains: Will Lamborn, Hastings and their colleagues finally work to end government welfare for fossil fuels?** On Monday, March 28, a group of 15 residents of the Colorado Springs area… Read more »
Re-posted from www.coloradopols.com There’s been much ado over Rep. Lamborn’s push to “set Big Bird” free by cutting federal tax dollars to NPR. Just yesterday, the Colorado Springs Independent reported that a group of local citizens are asking him to pledge to set Big Oil free of the billions of subsidies they get which drive… Read more »
The latest news out of Washington and Colorado shows that the need for transparency in natural gas production heightens as each day passes. Unlike other toxic chemicals, which are allowed to be injected into the ground for natural gas extraction under an exception known as the Halliburton loophole, the Safe Drinking Water Act specifically forbids… Read more »
Despite sweeping changes to the State’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission accountability remains the same Despite increased regulations put in place by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, permits for fracking have only continued to increase in the state, while literally none have been rejected. Frank Smith of the Western Colorado Congress, a non-partisan… Read more »
Home loss, sickness, fines and big corporate profits are now part of the western landscape Colorado seems to be a hotbed for high-profile concerns about water contamination near natural gas drilling sites. The western slope of Colorado is becoming one of the most common sites in the nation for hydraulic fracturing, the practice of injecting… Read more »
Studies across the nation reveal legitimate worries exist across party lines Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” as it is more commonly known, is a growing concern in the minds of many Americans according to a recent national survey. Fracking is the practice of sticking toxic chemicals into the ground to get to natural gas. And as… Read more »
A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept.
What is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies in Arizona? Wochit Former Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Gary Pierce and water company owner George Johnson were indicted this week in federal court on charges of bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Six years after former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family began receiving money, loans, vacations, golf outings, designer clothes and a Rolex from a businessman he called a friend, little has changed to prevent such largesse being provided to Virginia's top executive, state officials say.
A stretch of sunny, windy days, combined with brimming reservoirs at hydroelectricity facilities across the state, helped California reach yet another renewable energy milestone last weekend. Early Saturday afternoon, renewable sources produced a record 67.