Oil and gas commission gives preliminary OK to new 500-foot buffer rules
The oil and gas industry also expressed its dissatisfaction.
Under the new rules:
• Existing setback, or buffer, standards of 150 feet in rural areas and 350 feet in urban areas will be extended to a uniform 500 feet statewide.
• Drilling operations cannot operate within 1,000 feet of buildings housing larger numbers of people, such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals, without a hearing before the commission.
• Operators must engage in expanded notice and outreach efforts with
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