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By Dani Hemmat

Fracking: Recognizing oil and gas wells in the area


February 1, 2019

Dani Hemmat

A well-pad north of Lookout Road, on City of Boulder Open Space land.

Fracking has been at the forefront of the news for several years, and we live in an area peppered with fracking equipment and the various accoutrements that accompany the controversial extraction method. Proposition 112 did not pass in the last election; had it passed, the distance that fracking operations would have to be from sites such as school, homes, and public spaces would have been 2,500 feet.

Dani Hemmat

A rig to replace a cap on the well located directly southwest of the Park and Ride at Niwot and Hwy. 287

State law currently allows wells to be 1,000 feet from high-occupancy buildings such as schools and hospitals, 500 feet from occupied buildings such as homes, and 350 feet from outdoor areas like playgrounds.

How much do you know? How many fracking well sites do you drive past on a daily basis, or how close do you live or work to a fracking well pad? In the interest of disseminating information to our readers and community members, the LHVC presents this short visual primer on recognizing gas and oil wells in our neighborhoods.


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