Colorado governor hints at drilling crackdown

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm •  Published: January 9, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor is known as an ally of the oil and gas industry. But he's hinting that he wants to see stronger penalties and fines for improper drilling.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says he's working with the Democratic Legislature on a bill setting tougher penalties for drilling violations.

Hickenlooper touted an air-quality proposal from his administration to set the nation's first statewide methane capture rule.

The governor is a former geologist who has clashed with his fellow Democrats in the past over regulating the oil and gas industry. Colorado is currently suing a Front Range community that voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.