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Ritter, energy companies announce wildlife plans

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If this is implemented and enforced properly it could provide a great guideline for the continued advancement of Colorado’s considerable energy resources. The trick with any legislation like this is balancing the need for environmental protection with the need for economic development.

(AP) – Aug 10, 2010

DENVER — Gov. Bill Ritter and energy companies announced agreements Tuesday that are intended to minimize the impacts of oil and gas drilling on 355,000 acres of key wildlife habitat in western Colorado.

The deals between the state and nine companies, including ExxonMobil and EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), will cover part of the Piceance Basin, among Colorado’s most active natural gas fields and home to some of the country’s largest deer and elk herds.


“This balanced approach will drive our economy forward, allow us to maximize our vast energy resources and ensure sustainable communities for years to come,” Ritter said.

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