Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the oil and gas industry, making health and safety a greater priority. The industry vehemently opposed the law while some officials plan to gather signatures for a ballot issue scrapping the new regulations.
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Broomfield residents are taking their case both to state regulators and federal court.
SB-181 would require state regulators to prioritize health and safety when deciding whether to grant new drilling permits.
Democratic Speaker of the House KC Becker from Boulder said her party doesn’t want to put the industry out of business, but now that they’re in charge they’re ready to move things forward.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering a 1,000-foot drilling setback from school property, including outdoor spaces like sports fields.
If it passes, Proposition 112 would require any new oil and gas development not on federal land to be set back about a half-mile from homes and "vulnerable areas.”
A proposed 2,500-foot setback initiative has spurred oil and gas companies to file more permits before the November election.
The move effectively ends surface drilling in the city as Top Operating and Cub Creek Energy abandon several active wells and future drilling sites.
Cities have been trying to control oil and gas development within their borders since the Colorado Supreme Court struck down Longmont's and Fort Collins' bans in 2016.
CPR News found a common practice designed to let oil and gas companies maintain ownership of old holdings.