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house Bill H.R. 4246

Should Oil & Gas Drilling Occur at Least 1,500 Feet Away From Homes, Businesses, or Schools?

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The federal government should require that there be a 1,500 foot buffer between oil and gas drilling operations and nearby homes, schools, and businesses to minimize the health and safety threat the energy extraction activities pose.

LittleDofPA's Opinion
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12/28/2017
Living a short distance (approx 3/4 mile) from an oil rig that blew up last week which rocked our neighborhood with potential for evacuations had we lived closer, or if they couldn’t cap, this is a no brainer. We have one even closer that butts up to residential property lines. When they were fracking, we didn’t want to sit on our front porch or be outside with our children; you do smell it and breath it in. For earth/water and public safety the further from schools, businesses and residents the better. Here in CO they are permitted way to close to schools and residential districts. We are at the mercy of Land owners who have the right to sell or lease their property for mineral rights. 1,500 ft isn’t even far enough; my opinion.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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12/28/2017
Is 1500 feet far away enough? How does such close proximity affect property values? What about the health and environmental consequences of oil and chemical spills due to error and extreme weather? What about the noise and light pollution? Until scientific evidence indicates there are no health consequences due to air emissions and other issues related to proximity, not the other way around, this shouldn’t be a question. Why wouldn’t people’s health and well-being be paramount in this decision making?
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Daniel's Opinion
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12/28/2017
To be honest the scope of this isn’t large enough. The distance should be further. This is a lose/lose bill
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There’s not convincing evidence that living or being near oil and gas drilling threatens people’s health, so this bill seems like a solution in search of a problem. Besides, without research on the subject a 1,500 foot buffer is arbitrary.

David's Opinion
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12/28/2017
There should be no more drilling for oil and gas in this country at all.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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12/28/2017
We have gone through this in years past that resulted in explosions, pollution, noise exposure and ground water contamination. I guess we’ll have to learn this lesson again. The rich don’t care they will move away but everyone else must deal with the consequences of that exposure. 1500 feet isn’t far enough. That exposure travels.
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Erin's Opinion
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12/28/2017
No. Drilling shouldnt occur in Alaska pristine ecosystem. Greedy GOP
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    Living a short distance (approx 3/4 mile) from an oil rig that blew up last week which rocked our neighborhood with potential for evacuations had we lived closer, or if they couldn’t cap, this is a no brainer. We have one even closer that butts up to residential property lines. When they were fracking, we didn’t want to sit on our front porch or be outside with our children; you do smell it and breath it in. For earth/water and public safety the further from schools, businesses and residents the better. Here in CO they are permitted way to close to schools and residential districts. We are at the mercy of Land owners who have the right to sell or lease their property for mineral rights. 1,500 ft isn’t even far enough; my opinion.
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    There should be no more drilling for oil and gas in this country at all.
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    Is 1500 feet far away enough? How does such close proximity affect property values? What about the health and environmental consequences of oil and chemical spills due to error and extreme weather? What about the noise and light pollution? Until scientific evidence indicates there are no health consequences due to air emissions and other issues related to proximity, not the other way around, this shouldn’t be a question. Why wouldn’t people’s health and well-being be paramount in this decision making?
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    To be honest the scope of this isn’t large enough. The distance should be further. This is a lose/lose bill
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    We have gone through this in years past that resulted in explosions, pollution, noise exposure and ground water contamination. I guess we’ll have to learn this lesson again. The rich don’t care they will move away but everyone else must deal with the consequences of that exposure. 1500 feet isn’t far enough. That exposure travels.
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    No. Drilling shouldnt occur in Alaska pristine ecosystem. Greedy GOP
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    I’d prefer a mile at least.
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    I grew up with PBBs in milk, DDT/mercury in fish, asbestos in ceilings, lead-based paint on walls, played under high-voltage lines and swam in the Love Canal. I now spend my days in chronic pain while sitting in a wheelchair. There is NOTHING more important than your health. SET-BACK DRILLING OPERATIONS FROM HOMES AND SCHOOLS
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    We shouldn't be drilling, but if we MUST, it should be even FURTHER from populated areas.
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    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. - Abraham Lincoln. Exxon is of Exxon, by Exxon, and always for Exxon. Corporate self regulation is a dark joke. It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that windmills are much safer than oil wells. Most people would prefer a windmill in their backyard, over an oil well.
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    I don’t think there should be drilling at all.Green is the way to go
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    I should think it was obvious that you don't want heavy industrial work that creates toxic byproducts near schools and homes.
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    Look at language in this bill said AT LEAST 1500 feet. I rather to see 2 miles away from homes, schools, & business, Not least 1500 feet The air from gas & oil drilling sites will carry bad air if they are at least 1500 feet. I will say No to AT LEAST 1500 feet until they change the wordings
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    The risks are far too great for this distance to be so small. Frankly, we should be reducing our dependence on fossil fuels completely. More heavily investing in fossil fuels is literally shortsighted and undermines US competitiveness on a global stage in the growing renewable energy sector. For any drilling that’s still done despite the irresponsibility in that decision, y’all need to consider the blast radius of previous explosions and area of effect from previous disasters. Also, consider the fumes and chemicals that enter the air and affect folks nearby. Oil has known negative health effects. If it’s not going to stay in the ground, it should stay as far away from people as possible.
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    This is a no brainer!
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    Oil and gas drilling should remain on the property that is specifically designated for oil and gas activities. Schools, businesses, and homes should not be near these wells. We need to protect public health as much as possible.
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    I find this kind of funny because big oil doesn’t care about dangerous pipelines near Native American reservations.
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    We shouldn't be drilling, rather pursuing more eco-friendly energy. But if we have no choice, keep people safe.
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    Sure, why not.
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    Yes, but maybe it should be a mile. We build our homes within the wildlife areas and kill the alligators, wolves, bear and wildcats. We then place protections on these species that we have invaded. The oil and gas polluters have invaded the human habitat and wildlife and environmental habitats, we now need to protect the humans, the wildlife and the ecosystems from toxic, unethical corporate polluters. They are not progress. That is spin and propaganda in an effort to satiate their unhealthy, immoral, unethical GREED, which appears to have become an epidemic, worse than the opioid crisis.
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