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Wind industry working to protect plants, animals

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Conservation groups and Colorado wind industries are working on a partnership to protect animals and plants as the energy industry continues to grow. Over the past three years, five environmental groups and 10 wind developers formed the Colorado Renewable & Conservation Collaborative to iron out their differences. The industry wants predictability and the environmentalists want… Continue Reading Wind industry working to protect plants, animals

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David Leinweber has built his Colorado Springs fly fishing business on Colorado’s clean water. And, he’s not happy with Supreme Court rulings that have changed the Clean Water Act, making some of Colorado’s waterways vulnerable to pollution. He joined about 100 other Colorado business owners, lawmakers, farmers and environmental activists in signing letters to President… Continue Reading Local businesses call for more protection for clean water

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Gas pipeline proposed for Colorado River

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering an application for a 22-mile gas pipeline that would run from the Divide Creek area under the Colorado River to processing facilities near Parachute. The BLM says the pipeline proposed by Bargath LLC would be bored under the Colorado River to avoid impacts to the riverbed, aquatic… Continue Reading Gas pipeline proposed for Colorado River

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Gov. John Hickenlooper visited the Blue Star Recyclers plant in Colorado Springs Thursday saying he needs to get out of Denver and see what is going on in the rest of the state. Blue Star was founded in 2008 to recycle electronics waste: old computers, keyboards, printers and televisions. In May, the company transformed itself… Continue Reading Hickenlooper gets out of Denver, visits Springs’ businesses

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Academy wins green energy award

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The Air Force Academy received a Colorado Environmental Leadership program Gold Leader award from the Colorado Pubic Health and Environment Department. The award recognizes institutions that have fully operational, facility-specific environmental management systems that have undergone planning, implementation and operation, as well as checks and reviews at several levels. The process started earlier this year,… Continue Reading Academy wins green energy award

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Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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Sustainable living and renewable energy options have become trendy in today’s society. And in Colorado Springs, people interested in lowering their energy bills can tour 15 net-zero homes, houses and businesses, as well as view the 6-megawatt solar array at the Air Force Academy at Saturday’s Pike’s Peak Tour of Sustainable Buildings. The tour is essentially… Continue Reading Tour of sustainable buildings this weekend

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City council approves SunShare initiative

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The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved regulations Tuesday that will allow a local start-up to build a community solar garden. Several community members showed up to voice their support for the initiative that will allow Colorado Springs Utilities customers to lease solar panels in a remote community solar garden and collect the credits for… Continue Reading City council approves SunShare initiative

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Oil leases down, revenues up

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Federal oil and natural gas leasing was down significantly in the Rockies during this fiscal year, according to reports from the Western Energy Alliance. Lease parcels declined by 70 percent, acreage by 81 percent and revenue by 44 percent since 2008. The only exception is North Dakota, which is experiencing a leasing boom in the… Continue Reading Oil leases down, revenues up

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As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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The drought in the Southwest may help 29-year-old Chad Bicker get to his goal of being a full-time farmer and rancher by the time he’s 40. As farmers in Texas and other bone-dry areas sell cattle because they can’t grow hay or afford to buy feed, Bicker has been buying animals for his farm in… Continue Reading As ranchers in drought areas sell cows, others buy

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Venoco to build pipeline in California

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Venoco Inc. said Monday that a subsidiary has received final approval to build a pipeline in California. The Denver energy company said the pipeline will reduce transportation costs from the South Ellwood field and reach more refineries. That will allow the company to realize $5 to $7 more per barrel of oil it produces. Venoco… Continue Reading Venoco to build pipeline in California

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