Oil well distance bill passes Colorado House

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PARACHUTE, Colo. (KJCT) -- A bill changing how far oil and gas wells can sit from a school building passed through the Colorado house last week.

If the bill passes, wells would need to be 1,000 feet from the school's 'property line,' rather than the current legislation, which is 1,000 feet from the school 'building.'

The bill now moves to the senate committee.

Democratic house sponsor of the bill Representative Mike Foote talked said representatives remained party loyal.

“If oil and gas industry locks down, that means every republican will vote against it. They march in lockstep with the oil and gas industry." he said. "Here at the capital, it’s unfortunate no matter what the arguments. I expect that pattern to continue, unfortunately.”

Republicans argue that this is a fracking ban, and puts unnecessary restrictions on the industry, while supporters believe it’s a reasonable change.

The senate committee will hear the bill on April 12.

To see our previous story about the bill, click on the link on the right side of your screen.

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