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New oil regulations become law after Colorado governor signs sweeping reform bill

Greg Avery
New oil regulations become law after Colorado governor signs sweeping reform bill

Public health and the environment became the top priority for regulating the oil and gas industry in Colorado, and local governments gain unprecedented say-so about drilling under legislation Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Tuesday. The bill-signing came one day short of the second anniversary of the fatal Firestone home explosion that galvanized support to change laws surrounding oil and gas development near fast-growing Colorado communities. The governor congratulated fellow Democrats behind the bill, known as Senate Bill 181, saying the state may be able to address the conflicts between communities and oil companies over drilling new wells and fracking.