Some 60 mayors and city council members from 17 communities have asked Gov. John Hickenlooper to have the state drop a lawsuit challenging oil and gas drilling rules adopted by the city of Longmont.
The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/OlCBqg ) that the signers include the entire boards of Carbondale, Crested Butte, Lyons, Westminster and Bennett.
At issue is whether the state alone has the power to regulate oil and gas drilling, or whether local communities can add stipulations to how and where drilling can be performed.
Hickenlooper and the energy producers argue that a patchwork of regulations is unworkable.
Longmont and other communities say local governments should have more say.
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