Colorado to exempt tribal lands from energy rules
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has agreed to exempt tribal lands from new energy development rules.

The rules won't apply to reservation lands where the tribe owns the surface rights or the mineral rights. They will apply if the surface and mineral rights are owned by non-Indians.

The rules address protections for wildlife, public health and the environment. Tribes were worried that they could lose authority to the state.

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