DENVER - A man who served as the lead counsel to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as it overhauled the state's oil and gas rules has been chosen as its new director.State officials said Thursday that former state Assistant Attorney General Matthew Lepore was selected to be director of the commission. Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a written statement that he expects Lepore to maintain high standards that protect the environment and help Colorado's economy.Former commission director David Neslin, who was appointed in late 2007 and oversaw the overhaul of drilling rules, resigned earlier this year to join Denver law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP.Lepore takes over as the commission grapples with conflicts that it contends exist between state drilling rules and some local regulations.
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