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    Oil and gas ordinance - defining compatibility

    I'm working with a county government in New Mexico and they need some help defining “compatible use” for oil and gas drilling. The county is updating their oil and gas ordinance and is stuck coming up with a definition that the community agrees with. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally posted by mpadilla View post
    I'm working with a county government in New Mexico and they need some help defining “compatible use” for oil and gas drilling. The county is updating their oil and gas ordinance and is stuck coming up with a definition that the community agrees with. Any ideas?
    Not sure if this is helpful or obvious or not, as I'm not really involved in this issue, but there are at least a dozen cities and counties in Colo going thru this right now: Adams Co, Brighton, Commerce City, Rifle, Superior, Fredrick, Douglas Co, Greeley off the top of my head.
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    Not surprisingly, places in North Dakota and Montana are also dealing with the issue. I would echo ColoGI's suggestion to look at communities in the Denver area. Within developed areas, the key seems to be separation with large buffers.
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    Santa Barbara County (CA) has oil and gas drilling, and the County Land Use & Development Code specifies which zones drilling, production, treatment, processing, refining, and pipelines are allowed. Compatible uses include agriculture, commercial, manufacturing, recreation, and rural residential. The LUDC is located here:
    http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/pdf/...2011Update.pdf

    Chapter 35.52 deals with oil and gas facilities in the inland areas, it might be of help.

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