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Drilling Rules Huge Disappointment and Missed Opportunity

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Drilling Rules Huge Disappointment and Missed Opportunity

DENVER - Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith released the following statement on Governor Hickenlooper Administration’s failure to support protective rules for buffer zones between Coloradans’ homes, schools and businesses and heavy industrial fracking and drilling:

 

 “From day one, the Colorado conservation community has supported reasonable measures to create protective buffer zones between Coloradans’ homes, schools and businesses and heavy industrial fracking and drilling.  Our proposals of buffer zones of 1,000 ft for homes, 1,500 ft for schools and businesses and landowner consent and involvement in the drilling process provided protections for Colorado residents while allowing energy development to proceed.

 

Instead, the setback rules advanced today by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) are a huge disappointment and a missed opportunity to provide assurances to Coloradans concerned about drilling and fracking near their backyards and school playgrounds. 

 

 The only ground these rules will break is the ground where drilling rigs show up next to Coloradans' backyards and communities. 

 

After months of stakeholder meetings, a series of public hearings, a New Year’s Eve release of the proposed rules, and an attempt by industry to stymie the voices of Coloradans - Governor Hickenlooper and his Administration have failed in their responsibility to protect the public health, safety, and environment of Coloradans.

 

Coloradans have spoken loudly and clearly -- they want to know the state is as concerned about their public health, air and water as it is about the oil and gas industry.  As the march of increased drilling continues in Colorado, the public expects and deserves strong safeguards.  We are disappointed that Governor Hickenlooper has failed to deliver these safeguards.”

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