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Oil and gas initiative OK to collect signatures

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DENVER (AP) — One of the most contentious of 11 oil and gas local control ballot initiatives seeking to get on the November ballot in Colorado has received judicial approval to begin gathering petition signatures.

Initiative 75 would give local governments the power to limit or eliminate the rights of companies to prevent them from interfering with local government control.

Backers and opponents say the measure would have sweeping implications over many industries.

Other initiatives seeking to get on the ballot would tighten state regulations on energy development or give more control to local governments.

The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/n4rehtg ) the Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday gave the go-ahead for petitions to circulate on Initiative 75, denying a challenge from business advocates that the measure's wording was confusing and misleading.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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