Colorado’s energy industry has come out swinging against Boulder County’s attempt to impose more stringent oversight of oil and gas well operations.

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Operators working in unincorporated areas of Boulder County would be required to ensure well pad setbacks are at least 2,000 feet and generally 2,500 feet near homes, schools and licensed child care centers. The setbacks also would be required in light industrial, commercial, business and transitional zones.

The three-member Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the fourth draft last week to revise Article 12 of the Land Use Code. The revisions are “are the strongest rules in the state and will be a model for others,” said Commissioner Matt Jones. 

A review of the three-year-old land use regulations had...