El Paso County and the COGCC reach agreement for groundwater testing

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From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Bob Stephens):

Commissioners clashed with the commission over the past year and in January adopted strict regulations for water testing before and after drilling. Threatened with a lawsuit by the state attorney general, commissioners amended and softened county regulations —they still required groundwater testing — but insisted the state was not strict enough.

They met in the middle with a memorandum of understanding, which the state commission is expected to approve Nov. 15.

“The regulations are going to be stricter than any others in the state of Colorado,” said senior assistant county attorney Diana May.

She said Ultra Resources and Hilcorp “are 100 percent behind these requirements.”

Meanwhile Darryl Hannah was at the Frack Free Colorado Rally Today according to a report the Associated Press via the Huffington Post. Here’s an excerpt:

Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, actress Daryl Hannah and others ended the four-hour Frack Free Colorado rally by singing “Stand By Me” on stage together. Co-organizer Allison Wolff said the roughly $45,000 rally was meant to push for the acceleration of clean-energy alternatives and to educate the public on what Wolff called the dangers of hydraulic fracturing…

Colorado overhauled its oil and gas drilling regulations in 2008 and is working to update rules for how far wells must be from homes and other buildings. In Longmont, voters are being asked this November whether hydraulic fracturing should be banned.

Daniel Rodriguez of the Nederland-based band Elephant Revival, which also attended the rally, said, “I want people, including myself, to become more aware of how we use energy and how it’s sourced.”

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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