- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ERIE, Colo. (AP) — Leaders in Erie have approved the development of 13 oil and gas wells near two subdivisions even though opponents say some violate state setback regulations.

Town trustees voted unanimously to approve the Encana wells Tuesday night.

The Daily Camera (https://bit.ly/Y4HJVx ) reported that many opponents urged the board to reject the wells arguing that some would be less than 800 feet from the nearest home. State regulations require a minimum of 1,000 feet between wells and occupied buildings.

The town’s planning commission earlier approved the setbacks as well as plans for access roads, fencing and the color of the well facilities.

Earlier this month, Gov. John Hickenlooper asked state regulators to begin enforcing the 1,000-foot setback rule when he announced a new task force to study drilling in the state.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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