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Apr 16, 2013 5:25 PM by Eric Ross

Colo. Dems seeing partial victories on oil, gas

DENVER (AP) - Democrats who came to Denver hoping for a new era of oil and gas oversight this year are having to settle for partial victories taking on the state's most powerful industry.

The state Senate planned to vote Tuesday evening on a bill to study how gas and oil drilling sites are inspected.

The measure aims to give thousands of drilling sites across Colorado more thorough inspections. However, the bill is a far cry from its original form, which mandated annual inspections at drilling sites. The state's 50,000 or so wells are now checked about every three years.

The revised inspections bill is just the latest case of Democrats seeing mixed success on bills to exert greater influence over the oil and gas industry.

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