Local control compromise sought on drilling

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DENVER, Colo. A handful of oil companies are supporting Gov. John Hickenlooper's latest proposal to find a compromise to grant more control to local governments over oil and gas operations.

But not everyone is supportive of the draft bill that Hickenlooper's office began circulating this week.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/jP0LPn ) that oil companies including Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc. wrote a letter in support of the proposal. Among other things, it would give local governments the power to impose setbacks greater than 500 feet on drilling rigs.

The attempt to find a compromise is an effort to stave off several proposed ballot measures that would impose more stringent rules over drilling. A special session would have to be called to pass the bill.

The Colorado Petroleum Association opposes the bill.

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