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Study from Colorado Regulatory Agency Confirms Health Threats; Earthworks calls for Pause in Permits

October 18, 2019 • Nathalie Eddy and Nadia Steinzor
With the release of a new study yesterday, Colorado regulators have finally confirmed what local residents, Earthworks, and numerous scientists (including at the Colorado School of Public Health) have asserted for years: oil and gas operations near homes and communities… More »
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TEDx Review of Health Impacts from Oil and Gas in Colorado

October 18, 2019
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Colorado regulators confirm oil & gas health impacts

October 17, 2019
Statement of Earthworks’ Energy Program Director Bruce Baizel on health study released by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment: “Colorado regulators have finally confirmed what communities, Earthworks own staff in the field, and scientists — including the Colorado School… More »
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Oil & gas co. claims Rep Ocasio-Cortez video shows no pollution as facility was 1st ever ordered by regulator to change operations in response to health & safety concerns

September 27, 2019
Denver & Washington, D.C. — Extraction Oil & Gas Inc.’s Livingston extraction facility in Broomfield, Colorado — captured in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s video last Saturday — is the first ever to be ordered by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)… More »

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10 Years is Long Enough: How Colorado is Taking Steps to Clean Up Abandoned Mines

August 16, 2019 • Pete Dronkers
Although uranium mining in Colorado largely went dormant decades ago, about 20 actively permitted mines – mostly in western Colorado on federal lands – still have not been cleaned up and reclaimed. But last month, the Colorado Court of Appeals… More »
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Four fossil fuel blasts in two days

August 1, 2019 • Melissa Troutman
In the past two days – Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st – four explosions at oil and gas facilities in as many states have had tragic results. On Wednesday: One person died as a result of an oil… More »
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Colorado Appeals Court Orders Closure and Cleanup of Neglected Uranium Mine

July 29, 2019
A decision from the Colorado Court of Appeals on Thursday has ordered the closure and reclamation of a long-dormant uranium mine in western Montrose County. The court ruling reaffirmed state law that requires the reclamation of mines within 10 years… More »
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House Bill 1113: Protect Water Quality from Adverse Mining Impacts

June 4, 2019 • Earthworks
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Victory! Colorado Joins States Opposed to Perpetually Polluting Mines

June 3, 2019 • Pete Dronkers
For the last two years, Earthworks and our partners throughout Colorado have worked closely with legislators, regulatory agencies, local elected officials and community groups to update to the state’s mining law to protect communities from mines that pollute in perpetuity,… More »
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Gov. Polis: sign the Colorado climate bill!

May 2, 2019 • Nathalie Eddy
 Oil and gas drilling in Colorado is a significant contributor to climate pollution. That’s why it’s critical that our community supports the proposed climate bill that just passed the state legislature and now waits for Gov. Jared Polis’ signature.… More »
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Comments on draft report commissioned by the CDPHE on TENORM

April 22, 2019
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Weld Residents, Enviros. Move CDPHE, AKA Energy to Reduce Pollution

April 4, 2019 • Earthworks
Weld County, CO — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) found AKA Energy caused illegal air pollution from unpermitted equipment at the Speer Compressor Station in Weld County as a result of local resident complaints using Earthworks’ optical… More »
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Conservation groups praise passage of bill to protect water from mining impacts

March 18, 2019
DENVER – Today, the Colorado General Assembly made its final vote to approve HB 19-1113, a bill that will protect water quality at hardrock mines in the state and reduce risks to taxpayers. The bill enacts three important reforms: Specifies that the… More »
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CO Supreme Court Ruling Puts Coloradan’s Health at Risk

January 14, 2019 • Earthworks
“The Colorado Supreme Court just ruled that Colorado’s public health, safety, and welfare are less important than permitting oil and gas production. And, by intervening in the case against public health, the oil and gas industry exposes the lie in… More »
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Colorado Senator Cory Gardner introduces so-called “Good Samaritan” mine reclamation bill

December 6, 2018 • Earthworks
“The American West is littered with approximately 500,000 abandoned mines that shackle taxpayers with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated $50 billion in costs. Good Samaritans, no matter their intentions, lack the resources to dent a problem of this scale.… More »