Judge blocks Colorado City from issuing emergency drilling suspension

by | Jan 14, 2021

A judge approved a 14-day delay on an emergency order that the city of Bloomfield was considering, reported the Denver Post, to stop oil and gas operations near private homes during the state’s stay-at-home order. Extraction Oil and Gas sued for the temporary restraining order and refused the city’s request to temporarily suspend operations, which can generate toxics like benzene, a carcinogen. Status: A judge blocked the city’s emergency decree on March 28, 2020. Note: Full story coming soon on the Drilled podcast.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.