Lapses in drilling rules concern Colorado municipalities, outdoors enthusiast

LONGMONT – Gaps in state rules leave Colorado cities and towns in the lurch as they deal with increased oil and gas drilling within municipal limits.

Environmental and sportsmen’s groups, too, are frustrated, because state rules allow drilling near most mountain streams.

All are urging state regulators to live up to a commitment made in 2009 to launch stakeholder groups to finish rules for in-town and streamside drilling. Two years later, nothing has been done.

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