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Legislation Gives States Protection from EPA

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Bipartisan legislation was passed yesterday, giving states protection from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on existing power plants should a state’s governor, in consultation with state officials, determine that the federal plan would have an adverse impact on ratepayers or on the reliability of the state’s Continue reading

Office of Surface Mining Comment Collection Meeting

Those planning to go to the Office of Surface Mining’s meeting this afternoon in Craig won’t be given an opportunity to comment on an open microphone. Instead, those that show up will be able to talk to individual representatives on a more intimate level, about the issues surrounding ColoWyo Mine. There will be stations residents can visit to submit their comments, which the OSM will use in their Environmental Assessment of the South Taylor Pit. A federal judge has ordered the office to complete the assessment within 120 days of his ruling, or he has threatened to pull the permit for the pit. That would leave 220 employees without jobs, and the local annual economy would take a roughly $200 million hit. Public comments are due by Monday. If you can’t make it to this afternoon’s meeting, which will take place from 4 to 8 in the Grandstands Building of the Moffat County Fairgrounds, you can fill out a public comment form online which you’ll find on the front page at KRAI.COM.

Gardner Urges Jewell to Help Keep ColoWyo Operational

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner has drafted a letter to the Secretary of the Interior regarding the decision issued against ColoWyo mine by a federal judge. The letter states the devastation the ruling would have on the economies of Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties. The mine is located in both counties, and is the primary provider of coal to Tri-State’s Craig Station. The judge Continue reading

Judge Rules ColoWyo Permits Obtained Without Proper Procedure

coalOn Friday, U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled against the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) in a lawsuit challenging the mining permits issued for Colowyo Mine and Trapper Mine. The lawsuit Continue reading

M.C. Commissioners Write Letter Supporting Coal Industry

coalThe Mofat County Commissioners have sent a letter to the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee, asking for their support of Senate Resolution 15-021, which recognizes the importance of coal to the Colorado Continue reading

Students Drive Campaign to get CU to Stop Investing in Fossil Fuels

cuA campaign to get universities to stop investing in fossil fuels has come to energy-rich Colorado. Students asked the University of Colorado Board of Regents on Friday to divest from coal and petroleum companies. The board isn’t expected to decide any time soon. Getting CU to shun those industries would be a prize for the “fossil-free” Continue reading

Tipton Reintroduces Energy Bill

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Citing the need for a long-term domestic energy plan to ensure reliable production and stable prices, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO), yesterday, reintroduced the Planning for American Energy Act for the 114th Congress. Tipton says the all-of-the-above energy legislation would unleash the potential for thousands of new jobs as well as establish a reliable, affordable and secure source of Continue reading

Harvard Professor Asks EPA To Withdraw Carbon Proposal

US-EPA-logoLaurence Tribe, the Harvard law professor who was a mentor to President Obama, is calling on the Obama administration to withdraw its plan that Continue reading

McConnell Pushes For A Vote To Restrain EPA Carbon Regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today laid the groundwork for a Senate vote on the Environmental Protection Agencies carbon dioxide regulations. McConnell, in an Continue reading

Forum Makes Clear Where Candidates Stand on Coal

forumColorado’s gubernatorial and senatorial candidates got together for a forum today on the future of energy in the state. The forum, heard live this morning on 93-7 and 102-3 KRAI, 55 Country and online at krai.com, allowed the candidates in Colorado’s hottest races to give voters their vision of the future of the state’s Continue reading

Beauprez, Hickenlooper to Debate Energy Policies

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300BEAUPREZA debate still to come in Colorado is one of the most anticipated of this election season. Governor John Hickenlooper and his challenger, Republican Bob Beauprez, will debate energy policies next week. Continue reading

EPA Meeting on Carbon Emissions Rules in Craig is Tonight

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Director, Shaun McGrath will be in Craig tonight to hear from citizens, business leaders, elected officials and others about the agency’s new carbon emissions rules. The rules are unpopular to coal counties as they are projected to raise the cost of electricity, cost coal mining jobs, and Continue reading