More than a dozen lawmakers are asking Governor Bill Ritter to delay implementing oil and gas rules scheduled to go into effect next month.
Legislators representing oil and gas drilling districts said Monday the new rules will wreak havoc with jobs at a time when the state is reeling from economic losses. Environmentalists oppose any delay, saying oil and gas drilling is hurting air and water quality and any delays will hurt the state's $10 billion a year tourism industry.
The new rules are designed to give more weight to public health, the environment and property rights when state regulators consider issuing drilling permits.
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