Depending on whom you talk to, the Broomfield plan was seen as a gold standard or a misguided plan in need to revisions.
Oil and Gas
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.
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.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chief Matt Lepore said the move follows an April 17 explosion at a home in Firestone.
Local governments are exploring what new levels of control they can exert without running afoul of state law.