Hickenlooper insists on state drilling regulations

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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is insisting that the state has regulatory authority over oil and gas drilling.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Hickenlooper called Boulder County commissioners to his office to resolve conflicts over how drilling companies are regulated.

Boulder County is drafting tough new regulations for drilling there. But the state has challenged Longmont's authority to pass its own regulations, and Hickenlooper wants to avoid a mish-mash of local rules as companies drill for gas along Colorado's Front Range.

Boulder County officials insisted Tuesday that they must respect their constituents' concerns about drilling.

The county has refused to process drilling applications since February while they revisit local regulations.