Affects permits within 2,000 feet of occupied structure Decision follows release of study Denver — Colorado oil and gas regulators announced drilling sites in the Denver-Julesburg Basin located within 2,000 feet of occupied structures will undergo greater scrutiny during the permitting process, placing even more pressure on producers already going through a regulatory overhaul. The revelation by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission came following a study released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. The study used emissions data from oil and gas sites to estimate human exposure to energy development. It was not based on actual health issues reported, or on measured concentrations surrounding the well pad, wrote the CDPHE. The study found exposure to chemicals — particularly benzene — could cause short-term harm to health. “Working with our partners and CDPHE, we will immediately enact stricter and safer precautionary review […]