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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Gardner may be deciding vote on methane rule

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The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider repealing an Obama-era regulation on methane emissions Wednesday. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is reportedly still undecided.

The House of Representatives passed a Congressional Review Act in February to repeal a Bureau of Land Management rule aimed at reducing methane emissions from oil and gas development.

According to media reports, Gardner is one of two undecided votes. Local environmental groups like Wilderness Workshop have been vocal in opposition to the act, but industry group Western Energy Alliance has made passing the measure a top priority.

The federal law is modeled in part after a similar one in Colorado, which would not be affected by the vote.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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