Broomfield City Council is expected to vote on a long-awaited drilling agreement with Extraction Oil & Gas later this month.
The 14-page draft of new regulations says flow lines that are permanently taken out of service must be disconnected, drained and sealed at both ends, and any above-ground portion must be removed.
Since 2014, the state's regulator has handed out an unprecedented $12,693,534 in penalties.
More than 400 of Colorado's oil and gas pipelines within 1,000 feet of occupied buildings failed inspections. The location of these pipelines is unknown at this time.
Colorado's oil and gas regulators have released an outline of possible new standards for designing, testing and permanently shutting down flow lines.
For about three years, oil and gas drillers have suffered through low oil prices. In fact, they haven’t been this low for this long in more than a decade.
The plan calls for closing two older units at the Comanche Generating Station — one in 2022 and one in 2025. A third, newer unit would keep operating.
Local governments are exploring what new levels of control they can exert without running afoul of state law.
The company has voluntarily capped and abandoned all of its 1-inch flowlines on vertical wells in the Weld County area.
Broomfield residents will vote next Tuesday in a special citizen recall election.