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Jul 8, 2010 8:28 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado gubernatorial hopefuls spar on oil, gas rules

Candidates in the Colorado governor's race continue to spar over the state's tougher oil and gas rules, with the Republican pledging to revamp them and the Democrat calling for cooperation among the various interest groups.

Republican Scott McInnis and Democrat John Hickenlooper appeared together Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, a trade group. McInnis, a former congressman, repeated his criticism of tougher rules approved last year as harmful to the industry.

But Hickenlooper, Denver's mayor, says he would encourage collaboration among the industry, environmentalists and others rather than rewrite the rules. Dan Maes, also seeking the GOP nomination, has said he would overhaul the rules.

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