Oil and Gas Buffer Zone Expanded

DENVER (AP) – Colorado oil and gas regulators have expanded the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted Tuesday to require that new wells be at least 1,000 feet from any outdoor area or building that schools and day care centers use. The old rules require the same size buffer zone but measured it only from buildings, not outdoor areas. That allowed wells to be drilled closer to playgrounds and sports fields.