Durango, Colo. (AP) The latest attempt to revise oil and gas regulations before the legislature is aimed at ensuring landowners' rights as the state tries to minimize the effects of energy development on wildlife.
A bill by Democratic Sen. Jim Isgar of Hesperus would give landowners the final say about wildlife on their land. If they don't agree to proposed wildlife protections, companies could improve wildlife habitat somewhere else and still drill.
Critics of the proposed new oil and gas rules argue they would give state wildlife officials too much say in energy development.
State regulators and supporters say the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would make the final decisions.