The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has scheduled workshops in July to discuss stepped up pipeline and idle oil and gas well safety rules as mandated under state laws AB 1420 and AB 2729. The DOC's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources plans to discuss draft regulations on July 13 for small-diameter (4-inch or less) pipelines and mapping/data submission requirements for active gas pipelines. The July 14 workshop would focus on idle wells, plugging/abandonment, testing, remediation and securing of inactive wells.
The final two of four lightning-ignited wildfires that threatened some oil and natural gas operations in northwest Colorado have been contained, officials said. As of Friday the Dead Dog fire was 95% contained and the Hunter fire was 100% contained. "Restoring operations at the local oil, gas and coal facilities was a priority for the local officials and the incident management team from the outset," said a spokesperson for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team.