Local Control Compromise Sought On Drilling

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Energy companies are divided over Gov. John Hickenlooper's latest proposal for a compromise to grant more control to local governments over oil and gas operations.

Nineteen companies, including BP America and Shell Oil, signed a letter delivered to Hickenlooper on Friday in opposition to the draft bill that his office began circulating this week.

The Denver Post reports that on Thursday seven energy companies, including Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy, wrote a letter in support of the proposal.

Among other things, it would give local governments the power to impose setbacks greater than 500 feet on drilling rigs.

The effort for a legislative compromise is to attempt to stave off several proposed ballot measures that would impose more stringent rules over drilling. A special session would have to be called to pass a bill.