Energy policy — oil and gas: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is sampling groundwater to establish baselines

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

Colorado oil and gas regulators are beginning a water testing program in Weld, Jackson, Elbert and Park counties to establish the current water quality in areas likely to see new energy development tapping the Niobrara formation…

Northern Weld County is booming with oil and gas activity, most of which was sparked by a well drilled into the Niobrara formation in 2009 near Grover that gushed oil and natural gas…

The water quality data will help regulators respond to complaints about groundwater contamination from oil and gas drilling, [Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Dave Neslin] said…

Widespread new development tapping the Niobrara formation is now expected throughout the Front Range…

“The Niobrara conservatively is 250,000 square miles,” [Larimer County spokesman John Dill] said. “It runs all the way east of Casper all the way east of Denver. It’s a huge, huge piece of land. We are just in the process of doing our exploration, trying to figure out where the best places to drill a well would be. I think it’s very early in the game to predict what the long-term looks like for any particular area, any particular county.”

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