The governor also says more local law enforcement of immigration could jeopardize trust with communities they police.
With natural gas remaking the energy landscape, here's Colorado's remaining coal-fired power plants in one map.
“Regrettably, Boulder County’s open defiance of State law has made legal action the final recourse available to the State,” the office of the Attorney General said in a statement.
In 2012, 7.65 percent of proposed facilities had eight or more wells. In 2016, the share jumped to 43 percent.
The Colowyo Mine will now extract coal in territory to the north in the Collom development.
The president-elect's nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the U.S. Department of Energy has raised concerns among clean energy advocates.
President Barack Obama pushed for a more forceful approach in areas like climate change and renewables, but the Trump administration could undo much of his work.
The council voted 5-4 to push the vote on Broomfield's proposed moratorium and resume the meeting on Feb. 28.
Weld County Commissioners say the Heartland Biogas Project does not have a valid permit to operate.
Weld County Commissioners will wade through potential violations that were submitted by neighbors during a Dec. 19 meeting.