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Oil commission adopts expanded drilling buffers

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By Gene Sears

In keeping with earlier predictions, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 8-1 Feb. 11 to expand buffer zones between oil and gas wells and buildings.
    The new standards bump the setbacks to 500 feet, a uniform distance increase from the previous 350 feet for urban areas and 150 for rural areas. Slated to take effect Aug. 1, the new rules face an uphill battle, satisfying neither the oil and gas industry, which held with the old setbacks, or environmental groups, who sought buffers of 1000 feet.


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