Deciding How To Spend Oil and Gas Revenues on the Western Slope

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Lawmakers will hear from residents on the Western Slope who are affected by the oil and gas industry as they try to decide how to spend money brought in by the booming business.

The state collects money on the amount of oil and gas produced and also gets a share federal mineral leasing revenues. Tuesday, an 11 member committee will look at how money should be distributed. This includes how much money should be given to communities affected by oil and gas development.

The lawmakers plan to visit oil and gas operations and meet with officials in the Rifle area. They're also scheduled to hear from members of the public Tuesday afternoon.

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