THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Having kids attend school near oil and gas wells in Colorado has many people concerned.

Moms Clean Air Force and Earthworks say more than 50,000 children in Colorado go to a school or daycare that’s within half of a mile from active oil and gas operations.

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They say that’s a problem, and they have a solution.

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“We need the state of Colorado to protect our children at school and create a setback of a minimum of a 1,000 feet from the school property line, not the building,” said Stacy Lambright, a Thornton resident.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says there is no evidence children are at risk for long-term health impacts because of oil and gas operations.

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