01/17/2011 09:42 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Garfield County Says State's Gas Rules Not Tough Enough

thatGarfield County has told the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in a legal filing that its new rules "fail entirely" to address cumulative effects on the public of increasing the density of natural gas development.

The county lays out a litany of areas where it says the rules come up short in addressing not just disturbances and nuisances but also the "increased risk of accidents that result in exposures and other contamination" when the density of development increases.

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