The move effectively ends surface drilling in the city as Top Operating and Cub Creek Energy abandon several active wells and future drilling sites.
Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA)
Cities have been trying to control oil and gas development within their borders since the Colorado Supreme Court struck down Longmont's and Fort Collins' bans in 2016.
CPR News found a common practice designed to let oil and gas companies maintain ownership of old holdings.
Colorado regulators will discuss what, if any, revisions are needed to the rules. They could approve them as soon as today.
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.
Colorado's oil and gas regulators have released an outline of possible new standards for designing, testing and permanently shutting down flow lines.
Local governments are exploring what new levels of control they can exert without running afoul of state law.
The figures come from energy company reports ordered by the state after a fatal house explosion in Weld County was blamed on a severed gas line.
Colorado's top regulator says as long as the rules are followed, “there’s very little risk, very little potential harm of having empty, abandoned, plugged, capped lines in the subsurface.”
“We are very saddened by the events in Colorado," Anadarko president and CEO Al Walker told shareholders. “We are going to work very hard to understand it better.”