Back in eastern Colorado, where once again the struggle between land rights and urban development is in the spotlight. Oil and gas companies are pushing to block increased regulation on their industry, while others, like Erin Martinez, are speaking out against what they say is an unsafe and unaccountable industry. Martinez’s husband and brother were killed in an explosion that flattened their home, and left Erin with serious injuries. Others, like farmer Leslie Fagerburg, offer sympathies but believe their rights as landowners give them license to use the land how they see fit. As the rural & urban divide in Colorado is increasingly shrinking, tragedies like Erin’s are coming into direct conflict with land rights advocates like Fagerburg, leading to heated political showdowns at the Capitol.
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