Brighton, CO—Advocates today welcomed a first step in curbing oil and gas drilling by Adams County following a unanimous vote from county commissioners to enact a 1,000-foot buffer zone between oil and gas operations and sensitive areas like homes, parks and schools. The vote came following a six-month moratorium on new drilling permits, while the details of new regulations allowing greater local control were outlined. However, Food & Water Watch Colorado Organizer Jason Harrison expressed concern that a buffer zone would not be enough to protect local families from the harms of drilling. In response to the commissioner’s vote he issued this statement:
“A 1,000-foot buffer zone is a start, but it does not do enough to protect families from the toxic chemicals emitted from drilling operations,” said Food & Water Watch Colorado Organizer Jason Harrison. “What Coloradans need instead is a halt to oil and gas expansion and a transition to clean, renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal. We are in a climate crisis and a public health crisis from oil and gas operations that demand dramatic action.”
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