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Industry Denied Motion to Exclude Citizen Testimony

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Industry Denied Motion to Exclude Citizen Testimony

DENVER - Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC) denial of attempts by the oil and gas industry, homebuilders, and Farm Bureau to stifle citizen testimony at this week’s groundwater and set back hearings:


"We are enormously pleased the Commission made the obviously right decision to allow Coloradans impacted by oil and gas drilling to testify at the COGCC hearing's this week.  The Commission and Governor Hickenlooper should listen to these stories and revise their inadequate proposal to provide real solutions for people experiencing impacts from drilling.  It is essential the final rules require expanded buffer zones around wells larger than the 500 feet currently proposed.  As citizens will testify to in the coming days, drilling in someone's backyard brings dramatic health and quality of life impacts.  It is the State's job to protect these residents as well as our air, land, water, and communities."

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