Finally, Colorado passed the new drilling regulations that were proposed a while back.
Among the protections the regulations impose are:
• A 300-foot no-drill buffer around streams used for drinking-water supplies.
• Controls on odors and dust on operations within a quarter-mile of homes in Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties — all major areas for natural- gas development.
• A requirement that drillers consult with the state Division of Wildlife on mitigation plans if they drill in designated wildlife areas.
But the GOP (Grand Old Peckerheads) have vowed to fight because heaven knows we wouldn’t want to put safety of mere people over corporate profits.
“We cannot afford to push the energy industry out of Colorado, given the current state of the economy,” House Minority Leader Mike May, R-Parker, said. “And many fear that the proposed rules will do just that.”
Let me refer you again to these videos then remind me how fighting oil and gas drilling issues is a non-partisan issue. My ass! I have cold hard facts that prove otherwise!
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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