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In July, the United States Environmental Protection Agency underwent some turmoil when administrator Scott Pruitt was forced to resign. His deputy, Andrew Wheeler, quickly ascended to the top job at the EPA. From day one, Wheeler has steered his “new EPA” in a bold, new direction. A Partnership With the Energy Industry Over his time as the acting head of the EPA, Wheeler has worked tirelessly to reinforce a scientific standard at the agency. He
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Just two weeks away from election day, easily the most contested piece of legislation facing Colorado voters is controversial oil and gas measure Proposition 112. Though simple reason dictates that such a disastrous measure shouldn’t have even made the ballot, there it is, awaiting voter response on November 6. Perhaps even worse, recent polls indicate that the initiative could pass. Not only would that be cataclysmic for the future of Colorado, but it wouldn’t do
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Less than a month away from a pivotal vote in the Colorado elections, the campaign to denigrate hydraulic fracturing is in full swing. As the press parades anecdotal evidence of discontent Coloradans and dubious scientific evidence in voters’ faces, it’s important to remember the facts behind hydraulic fracturing, because this energy extraction process is nowhere near as harmful as its opponents would have you believe.  What Is Fracking? Without diving into the nitty-gritty of this
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On Tuesday, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Gulf of Mexico with a vengeance. The swift-moving storm carved a path of havoc as it decimated cities throughout the Florida panhandle, leaving six dead and more than 350,000 people without power and water. Still, as the skies clear and the nation sets about rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, the Gulf oil and gas industry is breathing a sigh of relief. Hurricane Michael By the Numbers
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With just a scant few weeks until a pivotal Colorado election, there’s more and more coverage being heaped on a controversial ballot initiative, Proposition 112. Prop 112 aims to enforce a statewide 2,500-foot setback rule that would prohibit any oil and gas project operating within 2,500 feet “buffer zones around ‘vulnerable areas’ and ‘occupied structures.’” That may sound protective, but the impending legislation has much more nefarious underpinnings. With each passing day, another new editorial
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Last week, the price of oil nudged above $70 per barrel for three days. In years past, that kind of price increase would have economists break out in hives, and US consumers steer clear of stores. Almost miraculously, however, that hasn’t happened. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The economy is improving, and according to AAA, most drivers are noticing a cumulative drop in prices at the pump. The reason for this development is the
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Exxon on Thursday announced that they would join the growing number of international oil and gas companies to take steps to research and combat the long-term effects of climate change. The move comes just one day after Shell announced a similar initiative to regulate its methane emissions over the next few years. Yet, for all these undeniably positive strides, oil and gas companies are still decried as the bad guy, even as they take steps
In the last several weeks, we’ve spilled lots of ink discussing ballot Initiative 97, an anti-fracking ordinance designed to devastate the Colorado oil and gas industry utterly. Unfortunately, as the November election looms nearer, Initiative 97 is coming closer to fruition. Having hurdled the petition process, now initiative 97 is an official part of the ballot in the fall. That means a fancy new name change. Make no mistake, though, even though 97 is now
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In late August, President Donald J. Trump announced a “big trade agreement” with our neighbors to the south, Mexico. A major portion of the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement would address issues with the North American Free Trade Agreement, such as the “sunset clause.” Jesus Seade serves as the chief negotiator for the Mexican government, working closely with U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer. A critical component of the new agreement is establishing a review process that
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Last week at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Energy Summit, both Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton and Democrat Jared Polis addressed their positions about Colorado’s current and future energy policy. Despite three disruptions from protesters, who were eventually escorted out of the event, Polis laughed off the situation and discussed his vague plans for the Rocky Mountain State while Stapleton focused on the numbers. On Overall Energy Policy Oil and gas fuel Colorado’s