ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Adams County can create its own rules for oil and gas drilling because of a new controversial state law. The law allows local governments to force tougher regulations than the state.
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On Tuesday, Adams County commissioners approved rules requiring new wells be at least 1,000 feet from homes and schools, which is double the state standard.READ MORE: Deadly Head-On Crash On Highway 86 Happened 'Short Time' After Deputy Tried To Stop Driver, Sheriff's Office Says
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The industry said the new rules are unreasonable but commissioners said they want to keep the noise of drilling rigs away from growing communities.