Sunset frames a water tank near LaSalle, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Weld County has been the epicenter of a movement to form a 51st state from ten northeastern Colorado counties.
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Colorado could stand to benefit financially and would see some improvement in the educational and economic standings of its remaining citizens if 10 northeastern counties should make good on their threat to secede and carve out a new state of North Colorado.
Flooded oil and gas operations in northeastern Colorado.
Credit Bob Winkler / Weld Air and Water
Colorado state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush says she plans to take up the issue of water contamination and greater setbacks for oil and gas wells from waterways in the wake of September's devastating flooding.