State regulators have relaxed testing requirements for drilling near Project Rulison, the site of an underground nuclear bomb explosion in 1969.
Oil and Gas
Even with advances and efficiencies, not every energy company can make it work in Western Colorado — the costs are just too high.
The University of Colorado study also found that the Raton Basin earthquakes were more widespread than previously thought.
Depending on whom you talk to, the Broomfield plan was seen as a gold standard or a misguided plan in need to revisions.
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.
The Ursa Resources plan involves drilling 55 wells from two pads in the unincorporated Garfield County community of several thousand residents.
Colorado's oil and gas regulators have released an outline of possible new standards for designing, testing and permanently shutting down flow lines.