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Uinta Basin Railway faces obstacles

Litigation takes aim at public funding for project that would run heated oil trains through Colorado

The UBR, approved by the Federal Surface Transportation Board in late 2021, would provide enough transportation capacity to quadruple oil production in the Uinta Basin at a time when scientists around the world are sounding an alarm over CO2 emissions.

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2022 Colorado Press Association Awards

FIRST PLACE: Best Agriculture Story

Kremmling bird count studies how birds use irrigated agriculture

Tradeoffs loom if conserved water leaves fields dry

As the state of Colorado grapples with whether to implement a demand-management program, which would pay irrigators to temporarily dry up fields in an effort to send more water downstream, there could be unintended consequences for the animals that use irrigated agriculture for their habitat.

FIRST PLACE: Best Business News/Feature Story

FIRST PLACE: Best Environmental Story

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