Governor John Hickenlooper wants to force oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluids. The practice known widely as “fracking” has been subject to scrutiny lately as reports of groundwater contamination near gas wells have escalated around the country. The Governor made the surprise announcement of his plans while delivering the opening speech yesterday at a Colorado Oil and Gas Association conference in Denver.
Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed four new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The move is winning initial praise from industry representatives, but some environmentalists are left wondering whether his choices will keep the commission balanced.
Conservationists are praising a slate of new air pollution regulations on oil and gas drilling proposed Thursday by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The new rules stem from a lawsuit filed by a Colorado and New Mexico-based group.
A new report finds that within the next decade, the American West has the chance to produce as much oil and natural gas as the U.S. currently imports from other countries. But, energy advocates say there are some challenges.
The Interior Department's "wild lands" order had made millions of acres of undeveloped land mainly in the west eligible for federal wilderness protection.
Colorado environmental groups are sharply criticizing a move by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that rescinds a sweeping order that could have made millions of acres of land across the West eligible for wilderness protection. But the Interior Department's reversal follows mounting criticism from oil and gas officials and some members of Congress.