One orphaned well was added to Colorado regulators’ long list of projects, and another may be joining it. Both may have to wait in line.
Frederick, and its neighbor Dacono, are appealing to state regulators to force K.P. Kauffman to plug and abandon wells developers say are making them look elsewhere.
K.P. Kauffman was supposed to pay its fines and remediate 78 sites by Aug. 1 or stop operating in Colorado. A judge agreed to stay that order while the company sues to block it from taking effect.
Rancher says his yearslong dispute with Denver-based Western Operating Co. shows lack of accountability when oil and gas companies make mistakes
Colorado regulators say the subset of wells tested were known to be troubled, and many have already been plugged and abandoned
The plans seek to meet new state financial requirements, but some smaller operators are hoping to put up only a fraction of the needed funds.
KPK says it must sell oil and gas or its 1,200 wells may end up orphaned. Regulators say they don’t appreciate the threats.
State’s regulators reinstated a large fine set aside when KPK promised to clean up leaks and spills because just a tiny fraction of the work is done
Regulators reacted to the appeal of 6 environmental groups that say data for individual drilling projects isn’t helping solve Colorado’s regional pollution problems
6 environmental groups want regulators to toughen rules to consider regional and climate impacts of increased drilling activity in Colorado.