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January 18, 2013
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Weld commissioners ask for new setback rule

Weld County commissioners are asking the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to dismiss the rule on setbacks it gave preliminary approval to last week.

The new rule requires that well sites locate at least 500 feet from any building — a distance commissioners said will affect the value of agricultural land and create extra costs for governments to provide public utilities.

Commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday that asks the COGCC to reconvene a hearing process to establish a different set of rules, according to a news release.

Commissioners state in the resolution that Weld County will not comply with the new setback rules because they have no scientific or technological basis. They also cite a lack of outreach to Weld County and suggest the COGCC violated state laws in its rulemaking process.

“County government, our municipalities and the oil and gas industry have worked together for decades to develop setback regulations that work for Weld County,” said Weld County commissioner Doug Rademacher in a statement. “The proposed change, which is not based on science, will have a substantial negative impact on our farmers, our ranchers, our schools, our fire districts … These changes will negatively impact the entire state of Colorado.”

The city of Greeley passed a resolution earlier that opposed similar setback limits.


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