MINERAL, SURFACE RIGHTS AT ISSUE IN COLORADO

Conflict between owners of mineral and surface rights in the busiest drilling region of the U.S. may set patterns for similar disputes elsewhere in the country. Developments in the 170 sq mile Wattenberg area of Weld County, Colo., point to increasing government involvement in matters traditionally covered by leases and other private agreements. Citing Wattenberg area special rules adopted last month by the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Division, Commissioner Logan MacMillan offered a warning

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