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Colorado weighs new rules for oil, gas drilling near schools

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering a change that would enlarge the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property.

A proposal released Wednesday would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) from buildings as well as outdoor areas that schools use, such as playgrounds and athletic fields.

Current rules require the same size buffer but measure it from school buildings, not outdoor areas. That allows wells to be closer to outdoor facilities.

Regulators could still allow wells closer if areas outside the buffer zone are deemed to be technically infeasible or economically impractical. School officials could also agree to allow wells within the buffer zone.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will consider the rule at a hearing Dec. 17 and 18.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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