State releases information on draft oil and gas regulations |

State releases information on draft oil and gas regulations

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, released the following questions and answers as part of its announcement of new proposed regulations:

” Do the draft rules present a one-size-fits-all approach to oil and gas development?

No. The draft rules will apply differently in different parts of the state. For example, new well pads and facilities in Garfield, Rio Blanco and Mesa counties will require approval from the oil and gas commission because development is expanding rapdily there while other areas won’t have that requirement.

” Do the draft rules address the kinds of spills from oil and gas waste pits recently reported in Garfield County?

Yes. The draft rules will expand existing requirements to help ensure that waste pits do not overflow and will require operators to maintain an inventory of all chemicals used or stored on the site.

” Will the draft rules protect wildlife?

Yes. The rules identify periods of up to three months when drilling in limited areas will be restricted in critical winter range and during birth and mating seasons.

“Will these draft rules shut down drilling for several months in a row?

No. The draft rules would cap restrictions due to wildlife concerns to a total of three months. They also would provide for exemption from the restrictions if the operator limits the number of well pads to reduce disturbance of the surface.

” Will these rules conflict with local regulations?

No. The draft rules would allow the oil and gas commission to approve agreements with local governments to clarify and integrate state and local land-use rules.