Setback distances in Texas are not protective of public health and safety:
Assessment of expert opinion on sufficient setback distances for unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD):
- 89% of the participants agreed that the minimum safe setback distance from UOGD is ¼ mile (1320 feet).
- 50% of the expert participants regarded 1-1 ¼ miles as a minimum setback.
- Others voiced concerns about setback distances up to 2 miles.
Consensus was reached that:
- Any and all steps in the process from drilling through delivery of the product to the consumer should be located at least ¼ mile from places where people live, work, or play.
- Vulnerable groups in communities should be afforded additional protection where possible, with longer setbacks for settings such as schools, day care centers, and hospitals.
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Only two Barnett Shale cities have adequate setback distances: Flower Mound and Dallas. But, even those cities include a reverse setback LOOPHOLE that allows builders to build new construction only a few hundred feet from established oil and gas wells. This setback LOOPHOLE puts the health and safety of Texans in danger.
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