Colorado's Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)voted 8-1 to require new oil and gas wells to be at least 500 ft from homes and buildings, effective Aug. 1.
The new regulation, which replaces a 350-ft setback requirement, along with associated measures will strengthen protections for public health, safety, welfare, and the environment, according to officials.
COGCC Director Matt LePore said the issue was highly charged and complicated, making it one of the most difficult the commission has addressed.
"We have fulfilled our obligation to address the toughest matters and work toward the best interests of the citizens," he said. "This Commission has shepherded through ...