The Colorado House of Representatives gave its initial approval to the controversial oil and gas regulations.
It's been a heated debate, one side concerned about environmental factors and they are extremely happy for the approval. Those on other side are worried about the impact these rules could have on an already suffering oil and gas industry.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission have been working on these regulations for about 18 months, this after legislation from 2007 that required new rules be developed for the industry. Supporters of the rules say this is in the best interest of the environment and the people of Colorado.
Opponents agree that regulations need to be put on the industry, but feel the governor should wait to implement the rules until our economy turns around.
Reeves Brown with Club 20 says "we believe it just doesn't make sense to put that additional burden on the industry while we're trying to stem the bleeding, of the job loss in our community". Mark Schofield with Western Colorado Congress says these rules need to pass, "we think it’s an important step towards responsible energy development in western Colorado."
The rules are set to go into place on May 1st for those drilling on federal lands and April 1st for the rest of the state. The house is expected make its official vote tomorrow and if approved the vote will go to the senate.