It's official: 2011 was a record-busting year in the oil industry, with the five largest companies -- BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell -- reporting all-time-high profits of $137 billion. That's a 75 percent jump from the year before, even though the giants produc ... More >>
Tom Strickland.The news that "lobbyist lawyer" Tom Strickland, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's chief of staff for a hectic two years, is now taking a job with British Petroleum's law firm in its battles with his former boss over the Deepwater Horizon mess made a big splash in the Denver Post ... More >>
Over the past fifteen years, the federal government has turned the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, once one of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, into a wildlife refuge, complete with nature trails, lakes for fishing and summer camps. Tomorrow, the Arsenal will open its newes ... More >>
John JohnstonBobby MaxwellThe Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue recently announced that Shell Oil and related companies have agreed to pay the goverment $2.2 million to resolve claims that the companies underpaid royalties from natural gas wells on federal and I ... More >>
Fifteen years after Shell Oil Company and the U.S. Army began a massive, $2.1 billion cleanup at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, one of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the United States, the Army is getting ready to hand over the last of its cleaned parcels to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serv ... More >>
"Hey, my hands are clean!"Last year, ethics in Colorado improved by 50 percent -- at least judging by Colorado Ethics Watch's list of the year's top ethical standards. After all, the 2008 edition was ten items long, but the 2009 sports just five. "We realized it had been a slow year," says ne ... More >>
Allen Toussaint.This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Democratic National Convention, an event that made Denver the center of the media universe for several unforgettable days. To mark the occasion, we'll be offering selected flashbacks of Westword coverage. First up: An on-site cou ... More >>
It's a new year, so all of the Shmucks from 2008 -- well their transgressions are just raging, unclaimed water under the bridge. But a new year means new Shmucks! And the first is making a claim for some of that raging water. Earlier this week, Shell Oil filed for "the first major water right on th ... More >>
Tycoon Jack Grynberg says the energy industry has stolen millions from him -- and billions from the government. What if he's right?
The answer could be blowing in the wind.
Colorado's legacy of contamination spreads far and wide.
A calendar hits the wall.
Major gas companies are driving away independent operators, all in the name of greed.
Superfund ombudsman Robert Martin is either a white knight -- or an EPA whitewash.
Some residents say the Rocky Mountain Arsenal still isn't clean enough to polish Commerce City's image.
Colonel Bishop, Rocky Mountain Arsenal boss, has left the Army--but he's already back on the job.
THERE'S PLENTY OF GOOD NEWS ABOUT ROCKY FLATS. AND YOU'RE PAYING FOR IT.
HOW MANY OFFICIAL WATCHDOG GROUPS DOES IT TAKE TO CLEAN UP THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL? TWO, SO FAR.
IN A STRANGE SUPERFUND TWIST, POLLUTERS SAY CLINTON'S CLEANUP PLAN IS "PRO-BUSINESS."