03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Drilling Permits: Despite Republican Attacks, Colorado Still Issued Most Permits In West

Despite concerns about the impact of its new oil and gas rules, Colorado approved more drilling permits last year than surrounding states.

Colorado issued 5,159 drilling permits last year, down from a record 8,027 in 2008. However, it still approved more than neighboring states, edging out Wyoming, which issued 5,106, according to information prepared by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for the Colorado legislature's Joint Budget Committee.

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