By Bevo Beaven, Editor, Oil & Gas 360

Local control in Colorado: one city works out strict health, safety, environmental controls for oil and gas operators; lands in environmental movement crosshairs anyway
Adjacent to Denver’s eastern border, the city of Aurora, Colorado sprawls into three counties—Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas. It is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. It’s bigger than Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Recently, the Aurora City Council managed to ruffle some environmental groups’ feathers when it approved an agreement with ConocoPhillips (stock ticker: COP). Both the company and the city agreed to a set of strict safety, noise, odor and environmental protection rules. The agreement presets the cou...


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