BLM GIVES THUMBS UP TO NW COLORADO OIL SHALE PROJECT
Rangely—A 50 thousand-barrel-per-day oil shale project outside of Rangely received tentative approval from the Bureau of Land Management recently. Enefit American Oil’s plan calls running pipelines and electricity to the project with the utility corridor going right through federal lands. Next month, the BLM will hold an open house to get public comments on the project. Rikki Browning, the CEO of Enefit, says Rangely is the town closest to the privately owned oil field. Environmentalists are questioning the projects’ potential impacts on air quality and endangered species.
BILINGUAL STUDENTS COULD GET SPECIAL DIPLOMA
DENVER (AP) – A movement to add a ‘seal of bilteracy’ to the high-school diplomas of students who speak more than one language could be moving statewide in Colorado. The seal would mean that a student can speak English and one other language. A bill that passed the state House 48-17 Monday would give students the seal if they take four years of a foreign language, or if they can pass a standardized test proving proficiency in another language.
MEDICINAL WEED FOR COLORADO STUDENTS
DENVER (AP) – Colorado allows students who need medical marijuana to use edible pot at public schools – as long as the school districts agree. Problem is, no schools do, so patient advocates are pushing a bill this year to make Colorado the second state to require schools to allow nurses or parents to administer medical pot. But some schools officials say the measure goes too far because pot remain illegal under federal law.