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Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado


DENVER (AP) — Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers Tuesday that the measure is a flexible, common-sense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety.

Opponents said it goes too far and could lead to a virtual ban on drilling in some areas. A state Senate committee held the first hearing on legislation backed by majority Democrats that would dramatically change the way Colorado oversees the industry.

It would change the state's top priority from promoting oil and gas to protecting human health and safety and would give loc...

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