said were antiquated and arbitrary oil and gas regulations.

The last minute effort to pull the letter together in time for Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday were organized by the Colorado League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, a lobbying organization that aims to change oil and gas policies in Colorado. A copy of the letter also was provided to commission members at the Tuesday hearing.

In the letter, the elected officials argue that there is increasing oil and gas development occurring around residential areas and that the industry is attempting to create “border wars” between neighboring municipalities.

“Oil and gas operator proposals continuously attempt or successfully move well pads out of one jurisdiction into another,” the letter states. “We are writing to inform you that we will continue to stand united against these border wars and will not be swayed by this divisive approach.”

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The letter continues to lobby for updated oil and gas regulations that account for multi-well pad sites and increasing the setback rules for homes, schools and water sources. Besides the governor, the letter was also sent to the heads of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the Colorado Energy Office and the state oil and gas commission itself.

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