Current Weather
The Spy FM

Colorado Regulators Considering Even Larger Drilling Setbacks

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
January 3, 2013

State oil and gas regulators in Colorado are considering rules that would expand the minimum buffer between wells and buildings.

Colorado requires 150-foot setbacks in rural areas and 350-foot buffers in urban parts of the state. Earlier this year, regulators there said they were considering making 350 feet the standard in both areas. The latest draft of the rules calls for 500-foot setbacks, the Associated Press reports:

That’s raising concerns from not just energy companies but also the real estate and agriculture industries, among others.

In Oklahoma, there are no state laws that prevent drilling near homes and buildings. Landowners without surface or mineral rights have no say in drilling near their homes, which can bring dust, noise and traffic without any compensation.

Environmental groups are concerned about health effects of living near rigs and want even larger setbacks, but opponents like the Colorado Association of Home Builders say “there is little scientific evidence to support increasing the setbacks,” the AP reports:

Raising that to 500 feet could leave chunks of land unavailable for new buildings, affecting builders’ profits, said Colorado Association of Home Builders CEO Amie Mayhew. A developer’s costs of leaving land near rigs untouched could be passed on to other buyers in a subdivision, boosting costs for home buyers, she said.

Powered by WPeMatico

Leave a Reply

9AM to 10AM Car Talk

Car Talk

Listen Live Now!

10AM to 11AM Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell host the weekly NPR News quiz show alongside some of the best and brightest news and entertainment personalities.

View the program guide!

11AM to 12PM This American Life

This American Life

Take in a slice of Americana with critically acclaimed host Ira Glass on "This American Life." Each week he picks a theme, then gives his writers and performers the freedom to weave real stories from real people around that theme in a manner they find most engaging.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center