State Legislatures May Be Next Stop For Oil And Gas Regs

Law360 (December 18, 2018, 12:35 PM EST) -- Colorado voters defeated Proposition 112 this November, 55 percent to 45 percent.[1] The initiative would have increased the minimum setback distance for new oil, gas and fracking projects to 2,500 feet from homes, schools, lakes, rivers, and other community and natural resources. Current setback restrictions for wells vary, from 1,000 feet from high-occupancy buildings (e.g., schools and hospitals) to 350 feet from other public spaces.[2]

Oil and gas operations represent an estimated 15 to 20 percent of the state’s economy, and many, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, expressed concern that the measure, if passed, would cause a statewide recession.[3] Proponents of...

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