What are setbacks?

“Setback” is a common term here in Colorado in the context of oil and natural gas, but not many people know exactly what setbacks are or why they are important. Here are some of the most common questions:


What are setbacks?

“Setbacks” are the required distance between new energy development and homes, schools, and other buildings. They are a big part of why Colorado already has some of the toughest energy regulations in the nation.

For almost a decade, Colorado state officials, environmental groups, community leaders and the energy industry have worked together to achieve Colorado’s existing regulatory balance.


What are Colorado’s Current Regulations?

Current setback distances at 500 and 1,000 feet keep the environment and communities surrounding oil and natural gas development sites safe, while fostering economic prosperity in Colorado.

Our state’s strong energy regulations require companies to work with local governments when planning oil and natural gas development and in the last nine years, the state has had fifteen rulemakings to ensure the safety of the public and the environment.


Are setbacks effective?

Yes. Between advances in technology and strong best practices, Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry continuously improves on our already strong current regulations.


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