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New laws might force energy companies out of Colorado

One topic that we continue to explore at The Ranch Post is gas and oil drilling throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Late last year, we saw the BLM and energy companies shying away from ecologically-sensitive areas, such as land in Grand County and Garfield County in Colorado, the Upper North Platte Valley in Wyoming, and most recently we heard about issues arising at the Baca Refuge in the San Luis Valley. Now, according to The Daily Sentinel, “the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is in the process of writing regulations under two new laws passed last year mandating that energy companies consult with state health, environment and wildlife officials before drilling permits are granted.” Many energy companies are claiming that these two laws would force them to look outside the state for business.

For more on the BLM leasing program, refer back to our December 21st blog on a federal environmental study on the BLM commercial oil shale leasing program.

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