Push to update drilling rules in Colorado irks industry

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Buffeted by public opposition and towns toughening local limits, Colorado officials are preparing to revise state regulations governing oil and gas drilling.

Industry groups on Thursday opposed the effort.

Meanwhile, environment and local government groups questioned whether initial measures proposed by the state — including buffer-zone restrictions on new wells and mandatory groundwater tests before drilling — are adequate to assuage communities.

“We want to get it right, as best as we can, for as many people as we can,” Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission director Matt Lepore said at a stakeholders session.

Next week, Lepore said, he’ll ask COGCC commissioners to formally launch a new rule-making to revise Colorado’s existing regulations established in 2008 as the drilling boom gained momentum.

Read the full story at The Denver Post's website.

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