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Fox 31: Drilling pauses, pollution fines proposed in suite of Colorado air quality bills

Colorado lawmakers rolled out new bills on Thursday with the goal of reducing pollution in the state, but business chambers and oil and gas companies are already pushing back, fearing businesses would be harmed if the measures become law.

Lawmakers and community members say something needs to be done now to improve Colorado’s air for the next generation. Oil and gas companies are already making a stink about the new solutions they put forward.

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and oil and gas leaders — like the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and American Petroleum Institute Colorado — are already pushing back. They acknowledge the need for clean air but say the new bills attack their companies.

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