Denver (AP) - The Legislature has given final approval to new oil and gas regulations aimed at protecting wildlife and the environment.
The senate passed the new rules Wednesday with all Democrats voting yes and all Republicans opposed. The rules now go to Gov. Bill Ritter, who made the regulatory overhaul a priority after
taking office two years ago.
Republicans say the rules will kill energy jobs in the middle of the recession.
But Democratic Sen. Chris Romer says he thinks the newly constituted oil and gas commission and new rules will pass the “son-in-law test” - they won't be as good as environmentalists hope but not as bad as opponents fear.
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