Colorado delays oil, gas rules on federal land |

Colorado delays oil, gas rules on federal land

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Colorado regulators have pushed back the start date of new oil and gas rules on federal land to give state and federal officials time to sort out differences.

The rules took effect on private land April 1 and were supposed to kick in on federal land May 1. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved delaying enforcement of regulations on federal land until July 1.

The state and U.S. Bureau of Land Management are negotiating an agreement.

Industry officials question whether the state has the authority to regulate oil and gas development on federal land. State officials say courts have upheld states’ rights to enforce environmental and health issues on federal land.

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