Boulder County is the latest local government in Colorado to adopt a temporary moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permit applications, as local officials consider overhauling land use regulations to mitigate what's becoming an explosion of oil and gas development associated with the Niobrara shale.
Colorado voters have twice rejected measures to define “personhood” – and now voters in Mississippi will have their say. An initiative on next week’s ballot would, if approved, define personhood from the moment of conception and all rights afforded under the state’s constitution would apply.
In Congress, the oil and gas debate is starting to move away from off-shore drilling rigs to hydraulic fracturing on land. It’s a process commonly known as “fracking.” Many opponents fear the practice contaminates drinking water in areas where it’s used – including here right in Colorado.