Lepore will become legal counsel and strategic adviser for Adamantine Energy, a Denver consulting group that works with energy companies.
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Energy producers are responding to prices.
The regulations set requirements for installing, testing and shutting down flowlines, which carry oil and gas from wells to nearby equipment.
The plaintiffs want state regulators to require energy companies to show they would not harm human health or the environment before drilling.
Drilling activity doubled as the price of oil jumped last year. Along with that, there were 88 more spills of oil or water from drilling sites.
Few, if any states, map flowlines. Big energy developing states like neighboring Wyoming or Texas do not have any mapping requirement.
Colorado regulators will discuss what, if any, revisions are needed to the rules. They could approve them as soon as today.
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.