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Colo lawmakers not optimistic about hydraulic fracturing bill

December 14, 2010

With Republicans gearing up to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives come January, hopes for federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing are beginning to dry up.

It looks unlikely that the current Congress has enough time to vote on a bill co-sponsored by Reps. Diana DeGette, D...

Groups spar over cause, effect of fewer energy leases in the West

December 14, 2010

Environmental red tape has contributed to a 79 percent decrease in oil and gas leasing on public land in Rocky Mountain states, taking a toll on the region's economy, a petroleum industry group says.

Members of the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance are prepared to spend $3.9 billion to...

Group fights transmission line route near historic site in Utah

December 14, 2010

Descendants of the Mountain Meadows Massacre are fighting Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to build a 345,000-kilovolt transmission line along a route that will pass near the site of a 1857 massacre of 120 men, women and children in Utah.

Colorado signs off on switch from coal to natural gas

December 13, 2010

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday adopted a $1.4 billion plan that will end coal-fired electricity generation in the Denver area.

The plan would have Xcel Energy close four coal-fired units in the region, switch another to natural gas and build a new gas-fired plant to...

EIS released on Wyoming Range drilling plan

December 13, 2010

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials released a draft environmental impact statement for proposed energy development. An environmental impact statement is the most stringent level of analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Conservation groups and sportsmen say they’re...

Navajo Nation to get $14.5M for uranium contamination

December 13, 2010

Federal and Navajo officials say that $14.5 million from a bankruptcy settlement with a chemical company will help address contamination at dozens of uranium mine sites on the reservation.

The money is part of a $270 million nationwide settlement announced last month with Tronox, an...

Groups file Utah Supreme Court petition to halt strip mine

December 10, 2010

Environmentalist groups are hoping a last ditch effort will stop the digging that has already begun in what will be Utah's first coal strip mine.

A petition filed with the Utah Supreme Court on Tuesday seeks emergency relief to suspend surface coal mining operations at the Coal Hollow...

Upton will head House Energy and Commerce Committee

December 8, 2010

Republican leaders have chosen Rep. Fred Upton to be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Michigan Republican today beat out current ranking member Joe Barton of Texas and Reps. Cliff Stearns of Florida and John Shimkus of Illinois for the post.

"I look...

Xcel gets OK to to shut down 6 coal plants in Colo.

December 8, 2010

Xcel Energy Inc. received approval yesterday to shut down six aging coal-fired power units in Colorado and replace them with a $530 million gas-fired plant.

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission also approved pollution controls for a coal-burning plant near Brush as Xcel tries to meet...

Gov. finds problems with Wyoming Range drilling plan

December 7, 2010

A soon-to-be-released draft plan to allow up to 136 new gas wells in the Wyoming Range is raising concern in Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office.

The governor wants Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. to agree to a "very high bar" to offset habitat loss and other environmental...

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