Ask your legislators to support House Bill 1256!
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.
The bill is a no-brainer, but believe it or not, itâ€™s going to take serious public pressure to pass it. Please use our action page to tell key House committee members to support HB 1256!
And one more thing… please share this post using the social media links at the bottom of this page. Ask your friends to contact their legislators, too!
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 theyâ€™re inside the school building or outside on school grounds.
Bizarrely, current regulations donâ€™t provide the same protections to kids when theyâ€™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 arenâ€™t covered.
This bill would:
- Clarify that for public and private schools and childcare centers, the property line (rather than the building) is the measuring point for new oil and gas facilities.
- Protect areas where children play.
- Increase consistency and treat the oil and gas industry like other industries that require setbacks.
- Better protect kids from pollutants from oil and gas facilities that are harmful to the health of children.
- Provide more protection from accidents.
- Help minimize the negative impacts of drilling. The majority of residential complaints about noise, odor, and dust come from within 1,000 ft. of an oil or natural gas facility.
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.
Itâ€™s a small change that will have little impact on the industry, but a big impact on our kids.