Pricey electric car is a draw, but officials want to tap Colorado’s natural gas

China is pitching a “pure electric” all-wheel-drive car that gets 186 miles per charge — targeting public officials tasked with greening their vehicle fleets.

The managers of Colorado’s 5,800-vehicle state fleet took the $63,000 Build Your Dreams E6 for a test drive. So did municipal fleet chiefs from Denver and Pueblo. And they liked it. The E6’s range more than doubles the distance other electric vehicles can cover before running out of juice.

But Colorado officials — poised to spend $21 million to replace 585 state vehicles — are wedded to cars and trucks that run on made-in-Colorado compressed natural gas.

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Health department won’t enforce all oil and gas well clean-air rules

Colorado health authorities will not fully enforce new EPA rules designed to protect people from air pollution at oil and gas facilities.

The state’s Air Quality Control Commission voted instead for a partial adoption of the federal clean-air rules. They plan to hold public meetings next year to consider full implementation.

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Suncor installs cleanup system at river, wants sewage plant to help

Mobile equipment is being installed on the South Platte River to clean benzene from groundwater spreading from under Suncor Energy’s oil refinery to metro Denver’s adjacent sewage-treatment plant.

Suncor had proposed that Metro Wastewater help handle the cleanup. Metro declined.

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Denver uses sewer scope to detect blockages in wastewater system

Denver’s wastewater system endures the municipal equivalent of a continual colonoscopy — snaking robot cameras inspecting every turn of the massive sewer system. Last week, the examination prevented a catastrophe.

The cameras caught two exceptionally large blockages that threatened to back up sewage and foul the Sand Creek greenway.

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