500-Foot Setbacks Approved for Oil Wells

On Monday, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved regulations requiring new wells be drilled no closer than 500 feet to buildings State wide and no closer than 1000 feet to schools and hospitals. Wells may be able to be drilled closer if a waiver is obtained from the property owner or a variance from the Commission.

The only Commissioner to vote against the new regulations was the Mayor of Fort Lupton, Tommy Holton. More from The Coloradoan:

He said he objects to the new setback distance because it is arbitrary and unsupported by scientific evidence.

‘We need to base this in fact, not just because we can,’ Holton said.

The State has plans for a three-year study on the affects on energy development on air quality.

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