After years of lawsuits from conservationists and pressure put on by local stakeholders, Colorado’s largest industrial methane polluter will capture and burn off the potent greenhouse gas. Mountain Coal, the owner of the West Elk Mine near Paonia, hopes to reduce the mine’s emissions by at least 85 percent.
The Gunnison Valley Climate Action Conference was well attended last Friday. As a winter blizzard bore down on the Gunnison Valley, elected leaders and staff from Gunnison County and all three of its major municipalities took part in an exercise that could result in the county cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent in 10 years.
It’s a good day when Tammie Delaney hears a train rumbling down the tracks outside of the century-old granary building she owns in Hayden.
“Oh, you get the train noise today!” she shouts as a train whistle pierces the usual silence in the small town of about 2,000 people.
Mines always close. What happens when they close without adequate preparation? Luke Danielson from Sustainable Development Strategies Group explains.