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Colorado oil and gas companies said a 2019 state law would destroy them. That didn’t happen. But here’s what did.

The demise of the oil and gas industry in Colorado — predicted after the passage of legislation and regulations focused on protecting public health, safety and the environment — does not appear to be imminent. Plans for nearly 1,900 new oil and gas wells are before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2022 […]

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Colorado gives oil and gas company 6 more months to clean up its act. If not, KP Kauffman faces nearly $1 million in fines — or worse.

Frustrated, but patient, state oil and gas regulators on Monday gave the troubled KP Kauffman Co. one more, six-month chance to clean up its act or face close to $1 million in fines — or worse. The Denver-based oil and gas operator, which runs 1,200 low-producing wells around the state, is under an agreement to […]

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Kerr-McGee’s plan to drill oil and gas wells within 2,000 feet of homes in Firestone is rejected by regulators

A bid by the state’s largest oil and gas producer to drill 26 wells within 2,000 feet of 62 homes in Firestone was rejected Thursday by Colorado regulators. It was the first major test of the state’s requirement that oil and gas drilling be set back at least 2,000 feet from homes and schools. Both […]

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Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer wants permission to drill closer than 2,000 feet from homes

The buffer between homes and oil and gas drilling in Colorado is by rule 2,000 feet,  except when it isn’t, and a move to drill in the middle of a residential area in Firestone is raising questions about how secure that buffer will be. The state’s biggest operator, Occidental Petroleum, through its Colorado subsidiary Kerr-McGee, […]

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Colorado drilling company behind leaks, spills will pay a fraction of the massive fine it initially faced

Front Range oil and gas company KP Kauffman has agreed to a comprehensive clean-up of spills and releases from wells, tanks, and flowlines at 74 sites under a “global” remediation plan and to pay a $795,000 fine – just about a fifth of what state regulators initially sought. The compliance agreement was approved by the […]

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Fine against KP Kauffman for leaks and spills upped to second largest ever by Colorado oil and gas regulators

After concluding that oil and gas operator KP Kauffman had engaged in “a pattern of violations” fines for the company were boosted to $2 million, the second largest penalty ever issued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In August, the commission levied a $1.8 million fine on the company, known as KPK, for […]

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Colorado oil and gas company slapped with $1.6 million fine — one of the largest ever from state regulators

KP Kauffman, which operates 1,200 low-producing oil and gas wells on the Front Range, was fined $1.6 million by state regulators Monday for a string of violations from improperly storing waste to failing to report and address spills. It is one of the largest fines the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has ever imposed […]

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Nearly half of Colorado’s 52,000 wells produce little or no oil. Who’ll pay to plug them?

Sticking out like a sore thumb in the otherwise bucolic, rolling pastures and fields of hay, sit four rusting oil tanks, “Out of Service” stenciled on their sides, along with a scattering of other weathered and unusable equipment. For the better part of three years, Jon and Susanne Stephens have, without success, been trying to […]

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An oil company that no longer exists faces a $344,000 fine Colorado doesn’t expect to collect. But that’s the point.

Colorado oil and gas regulators have levied a $344,000 fine they don’t expect to collect from a company that no longer exists. It was a legal stratagem for the state to seize a $20,000 bond from the bankrupt, Houston-based Alta Mesa Resources LP for failing to clean-up an abandoned well site in Huerfano County. The […]