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This Dec. 22, 2018, file photo shows a pump jack over an oil well along Interstate 25 near Dacono. 

Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry is planning rallies in Rifle and Loveland before the state’s Air Quality Control Commission considers new rules next month.

The regulatory board is expected to take up the two rules during its meetings Dec. 17-19 in Denver, after public comment sessions around the state.

Industry supporters will rally at 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Ute Theater, 132 E. Fourth St. in Rifle, ahead of the public comment session at 6 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Loveland, oil and gas industry supporters will rally at a location that hasn’t yet been picked, according to a media advisory.

The comment session will be at McKee Hall in the Loveland Complex at 200 Peridot Ave. at 4:30 p.m.

Opposition to strict rules that could hamper the major industry in the state is being led by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state office of the American Petroleum Institute, the Colorado Petroleum Council.

“Protecting the air we breath is a top priority, but the draft rules proposed by the AQCC exceed what is reasonable,” the organizations said in the joint advisory. “COGA and API Colorado have aligned and submitted a joint rebuttal statement urging changes to the proposal.”

The industry’s joint statement to the AQCC is available at coga.org.

joey.bunch@coloradopolitics.com

Contact Joey Bunch at joey.bunch@coloradopolitics.com or follow him on Twitter @joeybunch.

Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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