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.

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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.

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