State OKs oil-gas rules giving cities, counties limited say

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DENVER (AP) - Colorado regulators have approved new rules intended to give local governments a limited say in the location of large oil and gas facilities.

The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved the rules Monday.

They allow local governments to consult with energy companies on the location of big facilities in urban areas, generally 1,000 feet from clusters of occupied buildings. The rules don't allow local governments to set their own regulations.

The rules were based on recommendations from a state task force that tried to address conflicts that arise when energy companies place drilling rigs and other facilities near homes and schools.

Industry critics say the new rules are too limited to do any good. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association says the rules go to far.