State lawmakers struck down a Democratic bill yesterday that would have given local communities more authority to regulate the oil and gas industry. The measure failed on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A Republican bill to ban local governments from regulating the oil and gas industry failed in a senate committee on a 4-1 vote. The measure was introduced after several communities, mostly along the Front Range, issued temporary moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Bureau of Land Management recently awarded a sizable lease to a corporation called Double Heart Lodge for geothermal development in the Gunnison area. If completed, a power plant on the parcel would be a significant source of renewable energy. But the leasing process has been closely scrutinized by some conservation groups. They’re concerned [...]

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Colorado lawmakers left the Capitol early today to take part in Republican caucuses across the state…Colorado sportsmen are backing proposed federal rules for public disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids used in oil and gas drilling…and, the Federal Bureau of Land Management is revisiting an effort to protect sage grouse in Colorado.

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Two Democratic bills aimed at reducing the impacts from hydraulic fracturing failed in a house local government committee on Monday. Each faced opposition from members in both parties. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A Republican bill aimed at cutting Medicaid costs failed along party lines in a state senate committee today…and, El Paso County commissioners voted 3-2 yesterday to approve rules addressing impacts of oil and gas drilling.

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The head of Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is stepping down. Dave Neslin plans to join a Denver law firm and focus on energy issues…Some invited guests got a sneak peak behind the new community solar garden from SunShare, located at Venetucci Farm this morning.

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State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are introducing a slate of bills related to hydraulic fracturing this session. The measures touch on everything from how much oversight local communities should have, to tougher setbacks buffering rigs from schools and homes. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland takes a closer look.

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Colorado’s colleges would have to work with labor experts to find out where jobs are under a bill that received unanimous bipartisan backing in a state House committee today…The next stage of renovations on Colorado’s capitol dome is right around the corner, and contractors are getting ready to place a protective, weatherproof wrap around [...]

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Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs plans to participate in an online chat this evening during the State of the Union Address. The Republican representative announced yesterday that he would not attend the president’s speech, saying he does not support the policies of President Obama. The online chat is hosted by [...]

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Colorado’s oil and gas boom combined with a cash-strapped state government has caused a backlog of 1,800 pending air pollution control permits for oil and gas equipment.

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There’s little question Colorado holds some serious potential for geothermal power. Reservoirs of hot water across the state that can be used to heat homes and generate electricity are just waiting to be tapped. But geothermal still has to find its place in a competitive energy marketplace… and right now it’s growing slower than [...]

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While Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine, a lot of questions still surround the harnessing of that sun for power. It’s not uncommon to see homes or businesses throughout the state with solar panels strapped to roofs, and some developers are working on large, utility scale solar arrays. One young entrepreneur in Colorado Springs [...]

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Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the sight of one of the country’s next big oil booms. New technologies for hydraulic fracturing are now allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale. Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the formation extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska and is thought [...]

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As Governor John Hickenlooper enters his second year in office, he’s winning praise on both sides of the aisle for his political savvy, especially when it comes to energy issues. State regulators recently passed a rule requiring oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the fluids they use in hydraulic fracturing. Hickenlooper made the [...]

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In the three weeks since the Bureau of Land Management announced that about 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley could be leased for oil and gas development, a coalition has formed to keep the industry from moving in. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KVNF in Paonia, Ariana Brocious reports.

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Environmental groups and Colorado’s oil and gas industry have set aside their differences to support a new rule for hydraulic fracturing. State regulators approved the rule yesterday, which requires oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals and fluids used in fracturing. As Bente Birkeland reports, it’s being hailed as the most transparent [...]

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State regulators unanimously approved a new rule today requiring oil and gas companies to publicly disclose the chemicals and fluids used in hydraulic fracturing. The oil and gas industry and the environmental community came together and brokered a compromise so all sides now support the rule…and, state auditors say 10 Colorado agencies could lose [...]

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Thousands of Coloradans expecting up to $700 in government rebates for buying energy-saving furnaces or insulation are still waiting for their rebates, some for up to a year…and, the Better Business Bureau is warning people about an email scam that appears to come from them.

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Environmental groups and the oil and gas industry are at odds when it comes to a new rule on hydraulic fracturing. All sides agree that the chemicals used in fracturing should be made public, but they don’t agree on how and when. State regulators delayed a vote on the rule Monday evening and will [...]

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Colorado regulators have delayed finalizing a new rule for hydraulic fracturing. The proposed rule would require oil and gas companies to disclose to the public the fluids they use in the process. Environmental groups are urging the state to adopt a stronger rule. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state will adopt a Democratic map for redrawing congressional district boundaries….and, The head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says requiring the public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals is only one tool for protecting public health and the environment.

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A proposed rule goes before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comission today that would require all oil and gas companies to post online the makeup of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some are lauding it as a way to make the industry more transparent, but environmentalists say it’s riddled with [...]

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