House Bill 1256 closes a glaring loophole in state regulations where schoolchildren are unnecessarily exposed to the impacts of oil and gas drilling and fracking.
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HB 1256, introduced by Rep. Mike Foote (D-Longmont), does one simple thing: makes sure our kids are equally protected from oil and gas development near schools, whether they’re inside the school building or outside on school grounds.
Bizarrely, current regulations don’t provide the same protections to kids when they’re playing outside. The regulations say that the minimum distance for new oil and gas facilities is 1,000 ft. from schools, but in practice this means that the measurement starts from the building itself and not the property line. Sports fields, outdoor areas and even modular classrooms aren’t covered.
This bill would:
Failure to close this loophole puts our schoolchildren at risk of the health and safety dangers associated with close proximity to oil and gas operations, including air pollution and the risk of blowouts.
HB 1256 would clarify that when it comes to oil and gas setbacks from schools, the setback applies not just to the school building, but to the school property line.This means that children outside the building get full protection from industrial drilling as defined under Colorado law.
It’s a small change that will have little impact on the industry, but a big impact on our kids.