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Colorado doesn’t want to foot the bill for abandoned oil and gas wells. Here’s how it will avoid picking up the tab.

Senate Bill 181 told the state to strengthen “financial assurance” regs. COGCC now wants operators to guarantee the clean up of each well and the cost could run to the billions.

Energy

Colorado gave local governments more power to regulate oil and gas. And some are using it.

The legislature’s 2019 overhaul of drilling rules through Senate Bill 181 empowered some cities and counties to prioritize safety. But other energy-friendly areas have held back on flexing their new muscles.

Politics and Government

Colorado oil and gas emissions rules begin to tighten, but gaps open over what is monitored, by whom and where

Western Slope commissioners say rules designed to pull the Front Range into federal ozone compliance are an “economic risk” for northwest Colorado

Energy

Colorado regulators back 2,000-foot setback for new oil and gas drilling in “paradigm shift”

In a session Wednesday to review proposed rule changes on setbacks, four of the five Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s members voiced support for an extended setback

Energy

Fight over Colorado setback rule sets up make-or-break hearing on how close is too close for oil and gas

The drawn-out battle over state rulemaking still centers on how far operations should be set back from homes and schools. But environmentalists say residents should not be “guinea pigs” while the work is done.

Energy

Oil and gas does about-face as six-week overhaul of Colorado drilling regulations begins

Operators for years groused about the danger of a “patchwork” of regulations. Now they’re focused on letting local governments have control.

Energy

Here’s who Gov. Polis just named to sit on the new, full-time panel regulating Colorado oil and gas

The 5-person Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will complete tasks outlined by Senate Bill 181, which sought to give local governments more control and prioritize the protection of public health, safety and the environment

Energy

Environmentalists worry Colorado will see a surge of abandoned oil and gas wells as industry tanks

The number of temporarily abandoned oil and gas wells is up 37% from last year, but Colorado regulators say they still have the time -- and money -- to inspect them

Energy

Colorado oil and gas regulators punt major rule changes until after their paid replacements are hired

The time crunch around creating rules under Senate Bill 181 is growing critical as numerous ballot initiatives to change the way oil and gas operates in Colorado still are in play

Energy

Colorado drillers, enviros near accord on groundwater protection rules. The only rub: How much to protect?

While Colorado regulators wrangle over air quality and community safety, industry and environmental groups have found lots of common ground -- beneath the surface.

Energy

Potential for short-term health impacts from Colorado oil and gas drilling leads to calls for temporary halt in permits

A new study commissioned by the state health agency and released Thursday shows worst-case scenarios for adverse effects

Energy

Colorado’s oil and gas industry voices its concerns. But Gov. Jared Polis dismisses them.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s annual Energy Summit this week in Denver shows the debate about Senate Bill 181’s tougher regulations is not over

Politics and Government