COLORADO RISING COMMENTS ON SCHOOL SETBACK RULEMAKING AT COGCC

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Contact: Anne Lee Foster: 757-870-5102 anneleefoster@gmail.com

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COLORADO RISING COMMENTS ON SCHOOL SETBACK RULEMAKING AT COGCC

DENVER – On Tuesday of this week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted to approve a rule change to setbacks near school buildings. The new rule requires 1,000-foot setbacks from the boundary of school property, including childcare centers. Previous setback rules required oil & gas facilities to be located 1,000 feet from school buildings, and did not include childcare centers.

Important to note in the rulemaking is the variances allowed by regulators including:

  1. The school’s governing body may consult with the oil & gas company and agree to allow a closer setback, which would then require COGCC approval.

  2. A company can request a hearing to waive the setback if that distance is “technically infeasible or economically impracticable.”

See the full rulemaking here, and the full list of variances in 604 an article (6).

Anne Lee Foster of Colorado Rising said about the rulemaking “This new rule follows a pattern of the COGCC putting oil and gas profits above the health and safety of our children. Additionally, it is completely arbitrary and has no scientific basis for increased safety, in fact in the last two months we have had two fires at fracking sites with evacuation radiuses 2-4x this setback. This is simply another example of a rubber stamp agency paving the way for corporate profits, instead of protecting public health”

Anne Lee Foster also said “We find it peculiar that the industry is touting this as an ‘epic collaboration,’ considering it has taken over three years for this rulemaking to come to fruition at the COGCC, and in that time the industry has fought this exact same bill at the legislature with the full force of their lobbyists fleet. The community expects science to be included in any collaboration and that has clearly and definitively been left out of this process.”

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Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.

To learn more, please go to www.corising.org

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