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Jan 15, 2013 7:01 PM by Andy Koen

Council discusses oil and gas drilling

COLORADO SPRINGS - As part of a work session, members of the Colorado Springs City Council are hearing presentations from representatives of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to get a better understanding of their power to regulate drilling within the city.

The COGCC established new rules and requirements for oil and gas exploration last week. They include an expanded 1,000 foot buffer zone for wells located near homes, schools and businesses. 

Drilling companies are also required to test ground water before, during and after drilling for chemicals and other pollutants.

Since the meeting is a work session, there will be no formal decisions made.

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