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Oil, Gas Drilling Review Continues In Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — The oil and gas drilling debate continues at the Colorado Capitol, where lawmakers will look Thursday at two bills to crack down on the industry.

One bill would add reporting requirements for spills. Energy companies would be required to notify adjacent landowners when they have a spill reported to the state. They’d also have to notify local governments. The bill is one of several Democratic proposals to increase local involvement in the energy industry.

Another bill up for review would decrease the industry’s influence on the regulating Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Future members could not be employed by the industry while serving on the board.

The drilling bills are being closely watched as the Democratic Legislature explores ways to exert more influence over drilling.

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