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Hickenlooper Drilling Rules – Stacked with Exemptions/Loopholes for Industry Will Leave Coloradans and Communities Less Safe

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Hickenlooper Drilling Rules – Stacked with Exemptions/Loopholes for Industry  Will Leave Coloradans and Communities Less Safe

Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following additional comments today on Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed rules creating buffer zones between oil and gas drilling and our homes and communities

 

“Although Governor Hickenlooper says the State's last gasp 2012 oil and gas rules are groundbreaking, the reality is the only place the rules will break ground is when drilling rigs show up right next in Coloradans' backyards and communities. While the rules bumped up buffer zones on paper they lowered the bar on actual protections.

Additionally, in rural areas of the state the proposed rule establishes a massive loophole that effectively undermines the setback requirement between drilling and fracking and our homes and communities.

The Governor has also proposed a groundwater testing program that does not follow scientific protocols and exempts the largest oil and gas drilling area in the State – the Wattenberg Field – creating testing loopholes large enough to drive a drilling rig through.

For months Coloradans have weighed in that they want significant protections to reduce the impacts of heavy industrial drilling and fracking and to protect our precious water resources.  Instead, we are left with proposed rules that don't solve the problem and are riddled with loopholes and exemptions for the oil and gas industry, leaving our communities less safe and more exposed to the coming onslaught from heavy industrial drilling and fracking.”

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Conservation Colorado represents the next chapter in protecting Colorado’s environment.  Forged from the history and accomplishments of the Colorado Environmental Coalition and Colorado Conservation Voters - Conservation Colorado is a grassroots statewide organization working to protect Colorado’s air, land, water, and people. www.conservationco.org

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