The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation commission starts up rulemaking process for hydraulic fracturing disclosures

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Here’s the order from the COGCC. Here’s a report from the Associated Press (Catharine Tsai) via the Columbus Republic. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

A rulemaking hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5…An outside group called STRONGER, or the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, has commended Colorado’s rule requiring well operators to disclose the fracking chemicals they use to state or health officials upon request. But Texas has gone further. This year it passed a law requiring drillers to publicly disclose those chemicals.

More coverage from Mark Jaffe writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

The audit [ed. by STRONGER], requested by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, identified areas in which the state could improve its oversight:

• Set a minimum amount of surface casing for a well to protect groundwater. Colorado does not have a requirement.

• Include details of fracking fluids as part of the well-completion form a driller files with the state.

• Evaluate the chance of fracking fluids falling under the disposal requirements for “naturally occurring radioactive waste.”

• Evaluate available sources of water for use in hydraulic fracturing. “Given the significant water-supply issues in this arid region, this project should also include an evaluation of whether or not availability of water for hydraulic fracturing is an issue,” the audit said.

More coverage from Cathy Proctor writing for the Denver Business Journal. From the article:

“Overall we’re pleased with the recommendations; it was a positive review,” said David Neslin, COGCC’s director, in an interview. COGCC has already met with state public health and water resources officials to work on recommendations made in the report. The agency also will hold a stakeholder meeting to review the report, Neslin said. The review panel met in Denver on June 23.

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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