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Thursday, July 31,2014

Oil Boom, part II

How and why railroads keep oil train information from communities

By Matt Cortina
And so this brief part II to “Oil Boom” will take a look at why railroads are not required to tell citizens about oil trains, why this information needs to be a secret at all and how railroads are now working to enact soft oil transportation standards in order to save billions in revenue.
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Thursday, July 24,2014

Oil Boom

Boulder County’s growing risk from trains hauling undeclared explosive materials

By Matt Cortina
The library and the post office. A dozen schools. Hundreds of homes. Parks. Every brewery (oh god). Ten gas stations. The wastewater treatment facility. It can all go up in flames at any minute — and that’s just in Longmont. All you’ll hear is a whistle and a boom.
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Thursday, July 10,2014

Petition for home rule circulates Boulder County

Charter would move control from county commissioners to citizen vote

By Matt Cortina
An initiative to create “home rule” in Boulder County, which might allow it to ban fracking, GMO cropping and other ventures currently under state jurisdiction, is under way after the Boulder County Clerk recently approved an initial petition for the case.
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Thursday, June 26,2014

Meadow interrupted

How a conservation easement turned into a home

By Matt Cortina
After seven years of litigation, board hearings, applications and angry neighbors, a conservation easement has been lifted, property lines have been redrawn and building exemptions have been made for that house to be built in that meadow.
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Thursday, June 19,2014

Think before you drink

Are newly discovered chromium-6 levels in Boulder’s drinking water dangerous?

By Matt Cortina
A potentially carcinogenic form of the element chromium is in Boulder’s drinking water and there are no plans to remove it anytime soon. Hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, has been linked to cancers of the liver, stomach, small intestine and more when it is consumed through water sources.
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