HB12-1176 - Oil Gas Surface Owner Horizontal Drilling Setbacks

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning Oil And Gas, And, In Connection Therewith, Increasing The Colorado Oil And Gas Conservation Commission's Authority To Regulate Oil And Gas Operations And Including Within The Term "Surface Owner" The Owners Of Land Overlying That Portion Of A Geologic Formation Within Which Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Is Conducted.

Section 1 of the bill specifies that the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission has authority to require:

  • Increased setbacks from wells that will be treated with hydraulic fracturing. The commission must require setbacks of at least 1,000 feet from any school or residence but allow a surface owner who is not located in an urban area to request a shorter setback than would otherwise apply.
  • That best management practices for new technologies be established by rule prior to use of the new technologies.

Section 2 includes the owners of land overlying that portion of a geologic formation within which horizontal hydraulic fracturing is conducted within the term "surface owner".

House Committees

Latest update: February 6, 2012
02/06/2012 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
01/20/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government