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State drilling panel reviews proposals as deadline nears

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas drilling is holding two days of meetings in Denver to discuss its recommendations, which are due in late February.

The 21-member task force is scheduled to review proposals during public during meetings Monday and Tuesday.

Hickenlooper formed the panel in September to look for solutions to disputes over local restrictions on drilling, how far wells must be from homes and how much control landowners should have over drilling.

The panel’s recommendations are due Feb. 27.

The formation of the panel kept four divisive measures off the November ballot, two that would have restricted hydraulic fracturing and two designed to accommodate it.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to make it easier to extract oil and gas.

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