What is the purpose of a Special Use Review?
The purpose of the Special Use Review is to ensure that oil and gas extraction complies with the City's regulations. It provides nearby landowners a chance to comment on the application, and gives the City the ability to require certain site improvements to mitigate some impacts such as landscaping, berming, dust control, etc. Lafayette Development Code Section 26-22.1-3(a) states "In accordance with the procedures defined in this Section 26-22-1, within all zone districts, the operator shall apply for and receive special use approval prior to installing or constructing any oil and gas operation, including but not limited to drilling, reactivating a plugged or abandoned well, performing the initial installation of accessory equipment or pumping systems, reentry for purposes of sidetracking, deepening, recompleting or reworking, or performing enhanced recovery operations (e.g., injection wells) or installing, constructing, relocating or altering any access to any oil and gas operation provided that a special use approval for relocating or altering any access is required only if such relocation or alteration involves a change in point or means of access."

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1. Do companies have a right to drill within the City?
2. Are oil and gas companies allowed to use Lafayette water?
3. How does approval for oil and gas activity occur?
4. What is the purpose of a Special Use Review?
5. What is hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking")?
6. Are drilling and fracking the same thing?
7. How can "fracking" affect ground water?
8. What chemicals are used in "fracking"?
9. Can the City force co-location of wells?
10. What are the City's setback requirements for new wells?
11. How many wells are within the City?
12. Once a well is capped, can it be reentered?
13. What is the surface owners' rights related to oil and gas extraction?
14. When purchasing property, are the mineral rights included?
15. Can an existing non-fracked well be fracked without additional approval?
16. Can the City provide input for new wells proposed near the city limits?
17. How are well locations determined?
18. Who, at the government level, is involved in approving oil and gas extraction?
19. What rights does the City have regarding the regulation of oil and gas extraction within the City?
20. What would a moratorium prevent and what would it allow?
21. It appears the chemicals used in fracking have changed over the years. Why has this occurred?
22. Do air, noise and visual mitigation requirements apply?
23. Has there been a study on how trucks will impact public roads? Who will pay for the repair work needed on these roads?
24. How will the City regulate air pollution from the dust, vehicles, trucks, compressors, etc.? Who will monitor the pollution?
25. Is there a way to know which chemicals are used in fracking specific wells?