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Court decision could sway Colorado battle over oil-gas rules

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 23:56:44-04

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's second-highest court says state regulators can put more weight on protecting public health and the environment when they draw up rules for oil and gas drilling.

Thursday's Court of Appeals ruling could have major implications for Colorado's long-running battle over the proliferation of wells near urban areas, but it might face a review by the state Supreme Court.

A spokesman said regulators had no immediate comment.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of six young people by Our Children's Trust, an environmental advocacy group.

They had asked regulators to require that energy companies show they wouldn't harm human health or the environment before getting a drilling permit.

Regulators said they didn't have that authority under Colorado law, but the court disagreed and told them to reconsider.

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