According to new statistics released Monday, a record number of oil and gas drilling permits were issued in 2007.
Natural gas drilling in Garfield County accounted for 40 percent of all oil and gas well permits issued in Colorado last year. Mesa County accounted for 5 percent.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission show nearly 6,400 well permits were issued statewide in 2007, and nearly 2,600 were for Garfield County.
Permits issued for Garfield County last year were up 38 percent from the year before.