Colorado schools threatened by oil and gas development

HB 1256 will increase setbacks from schools

Take action and tell key House committee members to support HB 1256!

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Bella Romero Academy, Greeley, CO
On March 10, 2017, Extraction Oil and Gas Inc. received permission from the COGCC for an oil and gas location only 315 feet from the Bella Romero Academy’s soccer fields. The COGCC approved the 25-well location despite opposition from the community. There were no requirements that the drilling occur outside of school hours.

Grand Valley High School, Parachute, CO
Ursa Resources has stated its intent to drill multiple wells 700 feet from the Grand Valley High School in Parachute, Colorado. The location is less than 600 feet from the school property line and less than 200 feet from the Colorado River. Ursa has admitted that the proposal does not meet the “absolute best” criteria but has recently stated its intention to pursue the location anyway. Ursa has good reason to feel optimistic that the location will be approved. The COGCC is proud of the fact that it has not denied a location request in the past 20 years.


Legacy Elementary School, Frederick, CO
In April 2014, students and staff at the Legacy Elementary School were ordered to “shelter in place” because of an explosion at a nearby storage tank. Three fire units were deployed and the fire was extinguished in three hours. The fire was, fortunately, over 1,700 feet away from the school.  See COGCC inspection report from April 16, 2014.


Larger oil and gas facilities are located as close as 355 feet from the Legacy School as seen below.


Frontier Elementary School, Greeley, CO
In 2013, just prior to new setback regulations, the COGCC approved 67 wells and associated equipment 600 feet from the Frontier Academy Elementary School — only 300 feet from the playground. Parents in Frontier Academy students were extremely vocal and ultimately pressured the company to move its location.

Northridge High School, Greeley, CO
In 2013, the COGCC permitted 12 wells and 32 tanks to be placed within 400 feet of a high school track just outside of Northridge High School.

Air pollution from the daily unloading of the tanks was captured by Earthworks’ infrared cameras (FLIR)

HB 1256 will increase setbacks from schools

Take action and tell key House committee members to support HB 1256!

Click here to read HB 1256

Report shows how many asthma attacks are caused by the oil and gas industry

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