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Thursday, January 30,2014

What 20 years of Boulder Weekly has meant to me

By Joel Dyer
I remember the founding editor selling me on the working for Boulder Weekly by explaining that we’d have some good fun before the whole thing went out of business, which we both suspected would only be a matter of months, tops. We were right about the fun. But boy were we wrong about the longevity.
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Thursday, January 23,2014

Cracking the dome

International trade agreements threaten area fracking bans and moratoriums

By Joel Dyer
The point is that on the eastern, Weld County side of the road, drilling rigs, producing wells and production platforms, with their off-gassing tanks and burners, butt right up to the pavement. But they don’t cross over, for the most part. It’s as if some invisible barrier is keeping the oil and gas industry at bay.
Thursday, January 9,2014

The Human Scale

Documentary examines urban development

By Joel Dyer
Dalsgaard’s film explores the work and philosophy of Danish architect Jan Gehl, who has long advocated that our cities should be built for the benefit of people rather than for the convenience of automobiles and the profits of developers.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Farmers’ suit against Monsanto reaches Supreme Court

Suit affects hundreds of thousands of farmers

By Joel Dyer
A plaintiff group are seeking protection from potential Monsanto patent infringement lawsuits when Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) pollen contaminates organic or non- GE crops by way of drift or other accidental means.
Thursday, January 2,2014

City’s cleanup of teahouse site actually deserves kudos

It surprised me as well

By Joel Dyer
I spend most of my life analyzing what local governments are doing poorly. But last week it struck me that in my two decades of reporting on contaminated properties in Boulder County, this was the first time that a cleanup plan didn’t make fast and cheap its primary priorities.
Thursday, December 19,2013

The fracking/real estate conundrum continued

Oil and gas shale boom threatens mortgage markets

By Joel Dyer
To control risk, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have established rules that do not allow them to purchase home mortgages on properties that are engaged in industrial activities that deal with, among other things, the transport or storage of toxic substances such as chemicals, oil and gas products or radioactive materials.
Thursday, December 12,2013

The fracking/real estate conundrum

Are home value declines near wells another multi-billion dollar subsidy for oil and gas industry?

By Joel Dyer
New research indicates that many of the 15.3 million Americans living within a mile of a hydraulically fractured well that’s been drilled since 2000 may have lost or be in the process of losing up to 15 percent of their property values because of fracking.
Thursday, December 5,2013

COGA lawsuits against Lafayette, Fort Collins are latest insult to citizens by a selfish industry

By Joel Dyer
Honestly, do these people have no shame? News flash, COGA: You didn’t have to sue anyone, anywhere.
Thursday, October 31,2013

Xcel, city of Boulder disagree on significance of PUC ruling

By Joel Dyer
When it comes to its current plans to create a municipal electric utility, the City of Boulder would prefer that the new utility be allowed to provide electricity to approximately 7,000 Boulder County residents who do not live within city limits.
Thursday, October 24,2013

Time for Longmont voters to push back on disgusting 'push polls' and those they benefit

By Joel Dyer
First off, let me just warn you that I’m pretty angry about what’s going on in Longmont’s city council races.