Mandatory setbacks

Protecting our health and safety

The language

This initiative establishes an oil and gas-free buffer zone of 2,500’, roughly ½ mile, around every home, hospital and school, as well as sensitive areas like playgrounds and drinking water sources.

  • This amendment was proposed to protect those areas of the state where local governments choose not to do so.
  • Current Colorado setbacks are 500’ from homes and 1000’ from hospitals and schools. A recent NIH study determined that Colorado setbacks were inadequate.
  • Although evacuation zones from oil and gas facility explosions and fires are larger, the figure 2500’ is consistent with various health studies conducted in the state of Colorado.

“An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a statewide setback requirement for new oil and gas development facilities, and, in connection therewith, changing setback requirements to require any new oil and gas development facility in the state to be located at least 2,500 feet from the nearest occupied structure or other specified or locally designated area and authorizing the state or a local government to require new oil and gas development facilities to be located more than 2,500 feet from the nearest occupied structure.”

The initiative

The mandatory setback initiative establishes a buffer zone of 2,500’ (about a ½ mile) around homes, hospitals and schools, as well as sensitive areas like playgrounds and drinking water sources, from new oil and gas development. Unlike the current setback of 500’ from homes, 2500’ is based upon health studies that show increased health risks within ½ mile of “fracked” wells and the perimeters of real-life explosion, evacuation, and burn zones.

“¿Debe ser una enmienda de la constitución de Colorado relativa a un requisito a la distancia mínimo (‘setback’ en inglés) para nuevas instalaciones de desarrollo de gas y petróleo, y en conexión con eso, cambiando requisitos de la distancia mínimo (‘setback’ en inglés) para requerir cualquier nueva instalación de desarrollo de gas y petróleo en el estado estar localizado a menos de 2,500 pies de lo más próximo edificio ocupado o otro área especificado o designado localmente y autorizando el estado o gobierno local a requerir nuevas instalaciones de desarrollo de gas y petróleo estar localizado más de 2,500 pies de lo más próximo edificio ocupado?”

Traducción Directa

Esta iniciativa enmendaría la constitución de colorado y requeriría que nuevos desarrollos de gas y petróleo estén a menos de 2,500 pies del próximo edificio ocupado.