Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) gave the first State of the State address of his second term Tuesday. During the speech, Polis trumpeted his work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and explained his goal to end Colorado’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Oil and gas
2022 Campaign Cash Snapshot: 98% Of Oil & Gas, 87% Of Big Pharma Dollars Given to Republicans, Dark Money Groups Give Millions
This year in the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, prominent oil and gas and pharmaceutical companies mostly donated to Republican politicians and conservative-leaning groups, according to an analysis of state and federal campaign finance records by the Colorado Times Recorder. In Colorado, the Democratic party has held control of the Governor’s office and both chambers of the state legislature since 2018.
Safe & Healthy Colorado, self-described as a grassroots, volunteer-led coalition of Coloradans working toward a safer and healthier future, announced a campaign to decrease the state’s production of oil and gas.
Last month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the state agency that regulates oil and gas production, announced a date for a public hearing on requests for new rules concerning the cumulative environmental impacts of oil and gas production.
During an appearance on a radio show yesterday, Republican congressional candidate Barbara Kirkmeyer made false claims about an oil and gas field in Colorado, claiming that her opponent, state Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D-Thornton), and Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) are responsible for a lack of production.
With a week until Election Day, the Colorado state Senate is looking like the Republican Party’s best chance to gain control of any part of Colorado government, as the Democratic Party is expected to retain the Governor’s office and keep its majority in the House of Representatives. Redistricting after the 2020 census benefitted Republicans in state Senate races, according to members of both parties.
State Gives Oil and Gas Companies More Time to Submit Plan Aimed at Preventing Wells From Being Abandoned
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), Colorado’s state agency for regulating oil and gas production, announced earlier this month that it is pushing back the deadline for companies (or operators) to submit a plan that’s intended to prevent abandoned oil and gas wells from needing to be plugged by the state if the company goes bankrupt.
Aurora Residents, Enviro Activists Say Proposed Oil & Gas Development Ignores Cumulative Impacts of Pollution
Residents of Aurora, along with environmental advocacy groups, are claiming that a proposed oil and gas development plan ignores pollution already existing in the area and that the plan should be denied by the state’s regulatory agency, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
State Leaders Should Hold Oil and Gas Industry Accountable as the Largest Cause of Ozone Pollution Along Colorado’s Front Range
Colorado’s ozone problem is only getting worse and Colorado’s leaders should be doing more to address the problem. Colorado has been downgraded by the EPA from a ‘serious’ to a ‘severe’ ozone nonattainment status. The Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) is telling us to drive less to solve the problem, yet oil and gas operations cause far more ozone pollution than driving cars. Gov. Polis, the Air Quality Control Commission, and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission should hold the oil and gas industry accountable and stop fossil fuel production, especially during ozone season when ground-level ozone levels are highest.