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 Reporter-Denver Business Journal

Fifty-two local elected officials from across Colorado have sent a letter to Gov. John Hickenlooper and state legislators asking for more local control over oil and gas development.

“Local elected officials need assurance that the state will recognize and support our rights and responsibilities to make land use decisions, including controlling oil and gas development,” said Eva Henry, an Adams County commissioner, in an announcement that accompanied Tuesday’s letter.

“With multiple pending legal challenges to communities’ right to self-determination, time is of the essence,” Henry said.

The letter is signed by the mayors of Boulder, Golden, Lafayette and Westminster as well as numerous county commissioners and city council members.

The letter (download here) asks Hickenlooper to “take action to clarify and codify the rights of local governments to use zoning and land use powers to protect the health, safety and well-being of their residents from the impacts of oil and gas development.” (continue reading)

Source: Denver Business Journal