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Colorado Air Rules are a Symbolic First Step on Drilling Methane Emissions

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By Bruce Baizel

March 12, 2014

The best thing since sliced bread?  Or wasted effort and only good for giving politicians political cover?  What should we make of the new Colorado air emissions rules? 

Some have claimed the rules will protect air quality and public health, while enabling responsible, economic energy development. 

Others have called the rules weak and providing no gain for the environment.

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Tagged with: fracking, regulation, colorado, climate change, air emissions, methane

Is this what our democracy looks like?

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By Bruce Baizel

December 6, 2013

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) demonstrated this week that it really has not changed its approach to its neighbors on the Front Range of Colorado.  COGA said that it had filed lawsuits against two of the cities that voted to restrict fracking and waste disposal within city limits and a different pro-fracking group filed a suit against a third city's election division.  Trying to put a positive spin on this bare-knuckled attack on Colorado citizens, the COGA president said it was only trying to protect these misguided cities from “extremists” who had “lured” 60% of the citizenry into committing this “illegal” act.

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Tagged with: fracking, colorado, lawsuit, democracy

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