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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Committee (COGCC) stunned industry Wednesday by favoring a rule change that would quadruple the setback requirements for oil and gas operations—a proposal like one that voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2018. In response, industry leaders are urging the commission to reconsider its decision and recall that voters made a clear statement to regulators and have already rejected increasing the setback requirement.

On a day in which anti-fossil fuel activists announced their latest efforts to run ballot measures in Colorado, industry released a report showing domestic energy production continues to strongly support employment and economic development throughout the Mountain West.