Weld County in northeastern Colorado, one of the most drilled in the nation, was also among the hardest hit by this week’s historical floodwaters.
Most oil and gas activity is associated with open fields and rural Colorado. Residential neighborhoods along the Front Range though are becoming a site for development.
Larger buffers between new wells and homes may exacerbate a fracking permit backlog.
Starting August 1 oil and gas companies are required to establish a larger 500-foot buffer between new wells and homes.
A fracking boom and a highly productive agriculture sector in Weld County are both competing for water. Right now, one side can afford to pay more.