State oil, gas chief to testify before U.S. Senate about drilling

The chief regulator of the gas-drilling industry in Colorado will testify this morning before a U.S. Senate committee.

David Neslin, executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, is one of six people scheduled to testify before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee about the health and environmental effects of the gas-drilling boom.

The hearing comes weeks after members of both houses introduced legislation aimed at placing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in charge of regulating hydraulic fracturing of gas-bearing formations under the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Air acts.

Testimony begins at 8 a.m. MDT and will be webcast at

Opponents of the measures have said the states already regulate the industry.

Officials from the EPA, as well as from environmental organizations and the state of Oklahoma, also are scheduled to testify.


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