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Colorado Dem leaders pledge sweeping change in oil-gas rules


DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled state government promised dramatic and sweeping changes Thursday in the way the state regulates oil and gas drilling, saying public health and safety would become the top priorities.

Gov. Jared Polis and leaders of the state House and Senate also said local governments would be given broad powers over where new oil and gas wells can be drilled.

The two steps combined would upend the status quo. Under existing state law and court decisions, the first priority of regulators is fostering the oil and gas industry, not protecting health and safety...

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