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Colorado seeks delay on Gunnison grouse decision

DENVER — Colorado is asking federal officials to again delay a decision on whether to protect the Gunnison sage grouse, saying voluntary measures could help save the bird. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce its decision Wednesday. Protecting the bird would impose restrictions on land use in the bird’s habitat in Colorado and Utah. The decision has ...

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Boulder researchers link oil, gas activity to high wintertime ozone

Chemicals released into the air by oil and gas extraction activities can trigger reactions leading to high ozone levels in the wintertime that exceed federal standards, according to a new study by Boulder-based researchers. The discovery of heightened ozone levels in wintertime in the study area of northeastern Utah’s Uintah Basin — averaging up to nearly double the current federal ...

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Researchers examining fracking and in-utero health risks

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Preliminary studies examining the potential health risks for children born near oil and gas wells has shown that there is reason for concern, but further study is still needed, according to a recent report from Bloomberg News. The hydraulic fracturing process involves pumping millions of gallons of chemical-laced water deep underground. Information regarding how ...

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Wyoming: Massive wind farm approved by state

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media Future construction of a wind farm that will eventually consist of up to 1,000 turbines, possibly making it the largest in North America, has been approved by the state of Wyoming according to a report by the Denver Business Journal. The development is being backed by Colorado billionaire Phillip Anschutz. A subsidiary of the ...

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$11M deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) — Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. The Interior Department said Thursday that local water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado ...

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West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

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Felicia Fonseca | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday ...

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Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Dina Cappiello | The Associated Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy ...

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