Aurora OKs oil and gas well project on 6-4 vote

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After three more Colorado communities voted Tuesday to ban fracking, Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has defended the oil and gas industry, finds himself facing a rising insurrection from within his own party.

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AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora city council has given ConocoPhillips approval to drill for oil and gas under Colorado’s new law governing such projects.

The Aurora Sentinel reports that the council voted 6-4 Monday night on an agreement that allows ConocoPhillips to operate 45 new well sites in Aurora. The company already operates about 50 wells in the city.

Under the agreement, ConocoPhillips agreed to higher reporting standards than currently required by state rules and to respond to any odor complaints within 24 hours.

The project still needs approval from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

The Colorado Legislature this year enacted a new law that makes public health and the environment a top priority in considering oil and gas projects and gives local governments new powers to regulate well locations.

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