first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:Erin Martinez was at a news conference in February when Colorado legislative leaders and Gov. Jared Polis announced a bill that would make sweeping changes to how oil and gas are regulated. And she and her family had a front-row seat as Polis signed the bill into law Tuesday.Martinez was one of the strongest supporters of Senate Bill 19-181, which changes the mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the main regulatory body for the industry. She spoke during a news conference and testified in hearings for the bill’s overarching goal — putting public health, safety and the environment first when considering oil and gas development.As he prepared to sign the bill, Polis said he hoped the new law will end the conflicts over the drilling that has increased in more populated areas. “Today, with the signing of this bill, it is our hope that the oil and gas wars that have enveloped our state are over and the winner is all of us,” Polis said.The bill makes protecting public health and safety and the environment a priority when considering oil and gas projects. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the main regulatory body, would no longer be charged with fostering development.It also allows cities and counties to regulate oil and gas development under their planning and land-use powers, something communities have requested as drilling has increased in and near the growing cities and counties north and east of Denver.The oil and gas commission and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will start writing rules to implement several portions of the new law. Some of the rules are expected to take up to a year to develop. The public will have opportunities to weigh in.More: Gov. Jared Polis ushers in new era of drilling regulation, but are “oil and gas wars” over? Colorado governor signs legislation overhauling state’s oil and gas development ruleslast_img read more

first_imgDonald Burton Sr. was not only an employee of the Binghamton Department of Parks and Recreation, but he also was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Donald Burton Sr. was only 40 years old when he was just trying to help people clear the pathways of snow on February 11, 1970. He took his tractor with a snow sweeper on it to clean off the bridge, but his tractor broke through the walkway and he crashed below in the icy waters. He left behind his wife and five children. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — 50 years after local city employee, Donald Burton Sr., plunged to his death on the Exchange Street Bridge, his family and community honored him with a memorial at the end of the bridge. His son, Donald Burton, says he was a baby when this happened, so he never really got to know his father. He says his mother would tell him stories of his dad.center_img While many may remember this day as a tragedy and feel sorrow when thinking about Burton Sr., his family wants him to be remembered as someone who would always give back, since he was doing just that when he died. “My mother told me the story of every night about the time he would have come home.” Burton paused to take a moment. “I would bounce my crib to the front door and he didn’t come home…you know…”last_img read more