Colo. drilling regulators mulling new water tests

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012

The commission was debating a separate rule change Tuesday about buffer zones between wells and houses. That rule would require consultation with building owners within 1,000 feet of a proposed well.

State Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, told the newspaper that she has filed a bill to ban new wells within 2,000 feet of homes and schools, unless the local government approves. Carroll's bill also would require water-quality tests before and after a well is drilled.

Carroll said she hoped the COGCC would pass a good set of rules this week.

"If they do not, I remain committed to working to ensure these critical issues are resolved in a way that best protects the health of our children, families and our environment," she said in a prepared statement.