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Jan 21, 2012 11:11 AM by Matt Stafford

Drilling advances prompt talk of new CO law

DENVER (AP) - New technology is putting oil and gas drills closer to populated areas in Colorado. And it's raising tension in Colorado over who regulates where drilling can be done.

Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other advances are allowing energy companies to drill in more populated areas. As a result, some local governments in Colorado have scrambled to write regulations to address the placement of drilling rigs.

The industry cried foul. Politicians from both parties have suggested that they'll rally to the side of the energy companies, which employ some 190,000 Coloradans and contribute more than $18 billion a year to the state economy.

However, some lawmakers say they plan to propose legislation giving local governments more control over drilling regulation.

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