Denver (AP) Colorado lawmakers are set to start considering about 100 new oil and gas regulations that have sparked a debate pitting health and environmental concerns against jobs and the economy.
The rules would carry out two laws passed in 2007 to give more weight to the environment, public health and safety and the wildlife when approving oil and gas development. The Colorado House is scheduled to consider the rules today.
Supporters say the proposed rules are overdue after record gas drilling in Colorado. Critics say a recession is no time to get tough on an industry that produces thousands of jobs and billions in revenue.
Rules aimed at protecting wildlife have drawn the most intense opposition from the industry. Wildlife advocates in other energy-producing states in the Rockies are watching what happens in Colorado.