The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has postponed until Feb. 13 action on the final rules for oil and natural gas flowlines after hearing testimony from stakeholders this week.
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Somewhat shunned following the 2014 global oil price crash, Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin seems to be on everyone’s dance card again, being wooed by Wall Street, industry and government representatives looking at potential oil and natural gas growth areas.
Colorado regulators have published draft rules for oil and natural gas flowlines that would no longer exempt operators from pressure testing and monitoring low-pressure pipelines, as is currently required for larger diameter systems.
Two oil and natural gas industry groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging rules established in Thornton, CO, about seven miles north of Denver, claiming they conflict with existing state regulations for energy extraction.
In the aftermath of a deadly flowline explosion in Firestone last April, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday proposed a series of regulatory and legislative changes for oil and natural gas operations in the state.
Colorado officials on Friday indicated that proposed rules for the oil and natural gas industry are coming, with some as early as this week.
Only a “handful” of smaller operators had yet to submit requested data regarding flowlines to the state following a mandate by the governor last month, but the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) was not ready to conclude that the industry is fully complying following a fatal explosion in April of an abandoned flowline from a well sited about 170 feet from a home.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday called for a statewide review of oil and natural gas operations after a preliminary investigation determined that an abandoned and severed unrefined natural gas flowline was linked to a fatal home explosion in Weld County.
The Colorado Oil/Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has launched an online information source,Daily Activity Dashboard, that captures on a county-by-county basis oil and natural gas activity statewide. COGCC said the tool can locate information on pending permits, well status, production, well inspection data, violation notices, operator notifications and spills. It is being provided as a supplement to COGCC’s existing and extensive web-based data search tools, a spokesperson said.
Decisions on proposals to turn two of the governor’s local control task force recommendations into statewide rules are scheduled to be made Monday when the Colorado Oil/Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) reconvenes hearings that began last fall on the proposed rules.