Landowners' Rights

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A measure designed to give landowners more say about oil and gas drilling on their property has died in a state House committee.

Lawmakers killed House Bill 1219, after opponents said it failed to balance the property rights of mineral owners and landowners.

The bill aimed to address the so-called "split estate," where one person owns the land, and someone else owns the minerals underneath it.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association's Greg Schnacke called the bill unnecessary, saying there are already existing laws to address such problems.

Gunnison Democratic Representative Kathleen Curry introduced the bill, saying the Legislature needs to do more to protect citizens.

She's vowing to try again before the session ends.