Cathy Proctor – Reporter- Denver Business Journal
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave preliminary approval late Wednesday to raising the minimum distance between drilling rigs and homes.By a 7-2 straw vote, the COGCC agreed to a 500-foot buffer statewide, up from current 150 feet in rural areas and 350 feet in urban areas.
For all wells drilled within 1,000 feet of buildings, the state will require more mitigation efforts than previously, under the provisional rules.
Energy company seeking to drill within 500 feet of a building must get waivers from building owners within that radius, or get permission from the director of the oil and gas commission.
Local government designees also can insist that energy companies get waivers from building owners within 500 feet of a well site, rather than simply seeking permission from the COGCC, under a proposal put forward late Wednesday.