Media shines a light on Colorado BLM leasing plans
2013-07-2
News stories last week show that BLM Colorado State Director Helen Hankins is up to her old tricks. According to stories in E&E News’ Energywire, the Durango Herald, and the Denver Business Journal, Dir. Hankins is following her consistent pattern of offering to auction off controversial land for oil and gas, even after major public… Read more »
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Hickenlooper’s Misdeed #1 – the Anadarko-Noble Loophole
2013-06-28
Governor John Hickenlooper complained about critics saying he is too close to the drilling industry in Colorado. “I am constantly attacked now for being in the pocket of oil and gas, or somehow subservient to their philosophy or their wish,” he said at a lecture last month. The Governor shouldn’t be surprised about his well-earned… Read more »
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A Balanced Approach to Drilling on Public Lands
2013-06-27
**Cross-posted from The Huffington Post** By Ellis Richard As a life-long Westerner, and former National Park Service ranger, I’ve spent a lot of time in and around some of America’s most treasured places. I dedicated my career to protecting these parks. The future of our national parks, and all of the great open spaces of… Read more »
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Industry’s new leaf?
2013-06-19
Maybe the oil and gas lobby’s latest efforts should strike hope in the hearts of Coloradans. Are they turning over a new leaf and willing to balance energy development with conservation interests? Maybe … maybe not. From Colorado Oil and Gas Association Director Tisha Schuller’s “charm offensive” to Western Energy Alliance President Tim Wigely’s “poll… Read more »
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New survey proves Westerners want conservation on equal ground with drilling
2013-06-17
Today, the Center for American Progress (CAP) announced new public opinion research that illustrates the stark gap between Washington’s public land use priorities – heavily weighted toward pro-development policies – and what Westerners believe is an appropriate balance between oil and gas drilling and protecting treasured landscapes for future generations. This new research clearly shows… Read more »
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Updated: Sec. Jewell brings home a trophy from Senate committee hearing
2013-06-6
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmvaZwHNinc] One of the oil industry’s best friends in Congress imploded a standard GOP/industry talking point yesterday when, in the face of Sec. Sally Jewell’s facts, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) admitted that oil production is up on public lands. Watch the exchange! # # # Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell showed up at today’s… Read more »
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For House Republicans, the season of oil and gas giveaways has begun
2013-06-6
As reported by Politico’s Andrew Restuccia, Tuesday, House Republicans will spend the summer trying to breathe new life into tired ideas filled with industry giveaways. It’s no wonder given these politicians receive huge contributions from the oil and gas industry. Ironically, these “conservatives” want more mandates and quotas for oil companies while also cutting common… Read more »
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The team of oil & gas lobbyists behind Gov. Hickenlooper’s agenda
2013-05-30
It should come as no surprise that in the 2013 legislative session alone, the oil and gas industry spent $1.06 million defending Gov. Hickenlooper’s pro-Big Oil agenda. As a Chesapeake lobbyist wrote in a January 2013 memo that the lobby firm accidentally emailed to state legislators, “[Gov. Hickenlooper’s] relationship to the oil & gas industry… Read more »
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