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Drilling regulators hear from critics at meeting

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 6:30 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado drilling regulators are getting an earful from critics who want more say in how gas and oil can be drilled in their jurisdictions.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission met Wednesday to consider expanded rules for sampling and monitoring of groundwater near new oil and gas wells. The commission also is looking at tougher rules for how close drilling wells can be to buildings such as roads and schools.

No decisions were made, but the commissioners heard testimony from those affected by drilling. It was their first meeting since Longmont residents voted overwhelmingly to ban hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Most of the testifiers said they oppose fracking near homes and schools, but some called on the commission to uphold current drilling law.