Third straight record year for gas drilling permits |

Third straight record year for gas drilling permits

DENVER ” The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission authorized 5,904 gas drilling permits last year, the third straight record year.

The Durango Herald said it was a 35 percent increase from the previous year.

The boom should cause state officials to slow down, say officials of the Oil and Gas Accountability Project, an industry watchdog group based in Durango.

Christi Zeller of the council said the state needs to catch its breath and make sure that neither the environment nor humans are being harmed.

Gas production figures for 2006 were not yet available.

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