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Capitol Conversation: Could ‘Fracking’ Divide Democrats In The Legislature?

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Governor John Hickenlooper has been criticized for telling members of Congress last week that he once drank flack fluid. The governor was touting the state as a model for balanced energy rules.

Many Democratic state lawmakers say new rules increasing the setback distance between drilling and homes are still too lenient.

%22If%20there%27s%20any%20one%20thing%20that%20splits%20the%20Democrat%20Party%20this%20year%2C%20it%27s%20not%20going%20to%20be%20education%20like%20it%20has%20been%20in%20previous%20years%2C%20it%27s%20not%20going%20to%20be%20gun%20bills%2C%20I%20think%20it%20could%20be%20oil%20and%20gas.%22%20Joe%20Hanel%20-%20Durango%20Herald

KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland talks with fellow statehouse reporters about the issue that some say could divide the legislature more than the current gun debate.

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An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.

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