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House Passes Bill to Protect Colorado Public Land From Drilling (1)

Oct. 31, 2019, 5:18 PMUpdated: Oct. 31, 2019, 5:44 PM

The House has passed a bill to prohibit oil and gas drilling on hundreds of thousands of acres in Colorado, the third Democratic-led measure this week intended to protect public lands from development.

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act (H.R. 823) passed 227-182 on Oct. 31, a move overshadowed by the closely watched vote to begin open hearings in the President Donald Trump impeachment inquiry.

The Colorado bill was introduced by House newcomer Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), who combined four Colorado lands bills introduced in Congress over the past decade. It would...

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