Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

New State Oil and Gas Rules Protect Groundwater

Jun 12, 2020
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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Wednesday approved new wellbore integrity rules to help protect groundwater during oil and natural gas drilling. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently released draft rules on oil and gas flowlines, mandated by SB-181. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report on changes the Garfield County Commissioners would like included in the final rules. 

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held the first rulemaking hearings this week since Senate Bill 181 became law earlier this year. The outcome was disappointing for conservation groups. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Two citizen's groups - Battlement Concerned Citizens and the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance recently filed suit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Denver District Court. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leslie Robinson of the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance about why they were forced to sue the COGCC.

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It was a win this week for Ursa Resources BMC A Pad in Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. 

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State oil and gas regulators recently gave the nod to Ursa Resources’ A Pad at Battlement Mesa. But for citizen groups, the fight against the pad continues. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Parents and teachers who traveled to Denver on Dec. 18 to watch the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission increase the buffer zones between schools and oil and gas wells didn't have much praise for the state board.

Instead, they questioned why the state wasn't going even further to protect students. They also raised the prospect of another ballot initiative to extend the setbacks if state lawmakers don't act in the upcoming session.

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Form 2A of Ursa Resources’ application to drill 24 new natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa was recently rejected by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Greg Deranleau, COGCC’s Environmental Manager, to find out more about the rejection and waivers that would allow gas drilling within 500 feet of homes.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC rejected a big part of Ursa Resources’ application for the “A” Pad, with 24 natural gas wells and an injection well less than 500 feet from homes in Battlement Mesa.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.