But even if the war is over, the long-term economic outlook for the industry isn't good.
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CPR News found a common practice designed to let oil and gas companies maintain ownership of old holdings.
Colorado School of Public Health researchers looked at levels of harmful benzene and other hydrocarbons released into the air from oil and gas wells and infrastructure.
CPR’s Grace Hood and Ben Markus have been reporting this story all year, and tell Colorado Matters about what’s changed in Firestone.
Westmoreland has 14 mines and a power plant in the U.S. and Canada, faces declining demand and is more than $1 billion in debt.
Mark Martinez and his brother-in-law Joe Irwin, both 42 years old, were killed in the Firestone blast. Martinez’ wife Erin was seriously injured.
"There is no proposal to offer any leases in the San Luis Valley,” said BLM spokesman Steven Hall.
This week the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, announced the federal government would rollback emissions standards for automobiles.
The plan would force visitors to pay $70 per vehicle during the peak summer season.
“In an extreme dust year, we can see the snowpack disappear on the order of 2 months early,” said Jeff Deems of the University of Colorado.
At least when it comes to heat, the reason for the new certainty is running models which show heat of this extent would not have been possible.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it will consider reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened within the next year.
The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire-related accounts.
Weeds, feral cats, insects and other pests are invading the West.
Researcher Daniel Raimi says he wrote his own book on hydraulic fracturing after he couldn’t find a book to recommend to others.