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The Greenhouse Gas Inventory underestimates emissions

April 15, 2021
Background: The EPA has just released its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks that has tracked climate pollution reported by different industries since1990. The US. GHG Inventory contains data by facility and location, and is used by policymakers and… More »
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Commissioners put people above industry in Larimer County

April 14, 2021
Background: On April 13th, the Larimer County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the current one-month moratorium on all new oil and gas permits until September 15th as they work to update local oil and gas regulations. Statement by… More »

Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, March 2nd-4th, 2021

April 5, 2021 • Andrew Klooster
Following our recent fieldwork in late January, Earthworks’ CO field staff returned to many of the same communities in the Front Range. Frontline residents remain concerned about new fracking facilities that are entering pre-production and the continued health impacts from… More »
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Comments to Colorado Regulators on Oil and gas Financial Assurance Rulemaking

March 16, 2021 • Nadia Steinzor, Senior Policy and Research Analyst

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Field Notes: From the Colorado Front Range, January 26th-28th 2021

February 12, 2021 • EARTHWORKS
This blog was co-authored by Nathalie Eddy, Interim Field Manager and NM Field Advocate; and Andrew Klooster, CO Field Advocate. Earthworks’ CO field staff visited more than half a dozen communities along the I-25 corridor north of Denver and captured… More »

Earthworks Community Empowerment Project: Making the Invisible Visible in Colorado

November 13, 2020
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CDPHE takes initial steps in right direction, begins overhaul to improve public complaint system

October 22, 2020
Background: Director Garry Kaufman of the Air Pollution Control Division of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) announced a decision to take initial steps in 2020 to make the oil and gas complaint system more transparent and publicly accessible. The… More »
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3yr investigation shows CO oil & gas regulators regularly ignore public pollution complaints, 65% of oil & gas operations uninspected

October 21, 2020 • Earthworks * Citizens for Clean Air * Citizens for a Healthy Community * Larimer Alliance * LOGIC * Western Colorado Alliance * WildEarth Guardians
Oct 21 — A three-year investigation released today—Loud and Clear: what public regulation complaints reveal about Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves—shows that state regulators only acted to reduce pollution in response to 14% of… More »

Loud and Clear: What public regulatory complaints reveal about Colorado’s oversight of oil and gas pollution and whom it serves

October 21, 2020 • Nadia Steinzor, Nathalie Eddy, and Raphael Breit
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Earthworks: 2000ft setback welcome, but COGCC must go further to protect health and climate

September 11, 2020
Background: On Wednesday, four of five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) commissioners expressed support for extending setback requirements for new oil and gas operations to 2000ft, up from 500ft, to protect public health and safety. Supporters cited a CDPHE… More »

On the 5th Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill, Congress Must Renew Mining Law Reform Efforts

August 5, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
The house I lived in for nearly two decades is a mile from the Kansas River, which unevenly bisects my hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve walked over the bridge and down the levee more times than I can count; I… More »
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Conservation, community groups hail ruling that protects clean air rules

July 30, 2020
DENVER (July 30, 2020) — Seven conservation and community groups with tens of thousands of members across Colorado hailed a court ruling yesterday dismissing a case by Weld County as a win for public health and the climate. Denver District… More »

Earthworks Comments on CDPHE’s Regulation and Licensing of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM)

June 16, 2020
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Even as Extraction fails, CO state regulators consider company interests first

June 15, 2020
Background COGCC sided with Extraction and put company interests before public interests when Broomfield tried to temporarily block fracking operations while stay-at-home orders forced people to breathe oil and gas pollution. Now, just weeks later, COGCC must answer again whose… More »
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Conservation Groups Seek to Join Defense of Colorado Air Quality Protections

May 28, 2020
DENVER, CO — Today seven conservation groups filed papers in state court seeking to defend the State’s decision last December requiring oil and gas companies to make significant emission reductions, including strengthened protections from drilling near neighborhoods, schools, and places where people… More »