Ex-wildlife managers: Approve new Colorado oil, gas rules
DENVER, Colorado ” About 60 former state and federal wildlife managers are urging legislators to approve new oil and gas regulations in the face of industry warnings that the rules will cost the state jobs and tax revenue.
In a letter to legislators Monday, the wildlife mangers said the regulations are weaker than they should be to protect big game, native trout and other wildlife in the aftermath of record natural gas development.
Despite that concern, the 61 wildlife experts say they support the proposed rules.
The rules require that more weight be given to wildlife, the environment and public health and safety when regulators consider oil and gas development.
The Legislature directed regulators to write the new rules, but the debate over whether to approve them has been heated.