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Oil And Gas Companies Applying For Water Rights In Southwest Colorado

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Hundreds of water-rights owners in Southwest Colorado had a surprise in their mailboxes early this year - a lengthy application for water rights by the area's natural-gas companies.

The companies filed for the rights - in nine separate court cases in Durango - in response to a state Supreme Court victory for two area ranching families, the Vances and the Fitzgeralds.

Read the whole story at Durango Herald