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When Colorado oil and gas wells are sold to small companies, can the new owners afford the cleanup costs?

The shuffling of wells from big operators to much smaller ones increases the risk that they will be orphaned and left for the state to clean up, regulators and environmental groups fear.

Environment

Colorado oil and gas wells are constantly changing hands. Some risk becoming costly “orphans” along the way.

Since 2017, more than 42,000 oil and gas properties have been bought or sold in Colorado. If they fall into the wrong hands, they risk ending up abandoned, leaving the state on the hook for cleanup.

Business

First-in-the-U.S. rules that give oil and gas industry leeway in slashing emissions OK’d in Colorado

Not everyone is happy about the latitude the state Air Quality Control Commission gave operators, but the goal is to cut methane, “not vilify the oil and gas industry.”

Business

Opinion: 3 lessons from the energy crisis

Understanding the cause of tight supply and high prices is not as simple as blaming Biden, or windmills, or oil and gas producers

Opinion Columns

Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann, a Republican, jumps into crowded 8th Congressional District primary

Before being elected mayor in 2019, Kulmann served on the Thornton city council. She is professional oil and gas engineer.

Politics and Government

Opinion: To reduce ozone, cut emissions at the source

Direct regulation is the best way to get reluctant oil and gas operators to reduce harmful methane

Opinion Columns

Biden sets out oil, gas leasing reform, stops short of public-lands ban

Long-awaited Interior Department report recommends hiking federal royalty rates for oil and gas drilling, which have not been raised for 100 years.

Energy

Colorado activists want gas-fired electrical plants to stop spewing pollution over Denver

Neighbors and conservation groups seek earlier closure of Cherokee and Arapahoe power stations. They emit half the CO2 of coal, but are still among the largest polluters in the state.

Environment

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

KP Kauffman has also agreed to a comprehensive clean-up of spills and releases from wells, tanks, and flowlines at 74 sites under a “global” remediation plan

Business

Oil and gas regulators dial back rules that keep industry from sticking Colorado with bill for orphan wells

COGCC waters down financial assurance plans with small operators in mind. Environmental groups are outraged.

Business

Biden administration says oil, gas sales damage climate — but won’t stop them on public lands in the West

The Interior Department says selling oil and gas leases on public land in the West could cost society billions in climate change impacts. But BLM says it is powerless to slow the damage.

Environment

Biden’s climate plan aims to reduce methane emissions

Colorado groups say EPA rules are modeled after earlier state laws and local oil and gas interests already on board with similar changes.

Climate

Biden administration to gauge climate damage from federal oil and gas sales

The announcement comes as officials are set to hold lease sales in numerous Western states -- including Colorado -- next year amid a fierce debate over federal fossil fuel reserves

Energy

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic “forever chemicals”

The plan is intended to restrict PFAS from being released into the environment, accelerate cleanup of contaminated sites such as military bases and increase investments in research.

Environment

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

Denver-based operator is facing $2 million fine for 22 violations at 7 sites. Founder says low oil prices, regulators, other oil companies and landowners hampered efforts.

Business

Colorado regulators move forward with controversial new rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions

“We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over” to cut oil and gas emissions, strategist says as first-in-the-nation “intensity target” regulation moves on to full hearing in December.

Environment

A new rule to slash oil and gas emissions appeals to the industry, but Colorado activists worry it won’t work

The proposed "intensity target" rule aims to slash carbon emissions from the oil and gas industry by 60%. But the targets are based on data that doesn’t exist.

Environment

Opinion: Colorado’s leadership on methane control is reducing greenhouse gases — and increasing jobs

Only one state has more employers devoted to methane mitigation

Opinion Columns

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 sanctioned for a string of violations from improperly storing waste to failing to report and address spills

Business

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

Rules are being drafted to cover the cost of cleaning up obsolete wells. But for rural farmers and suburban homeowners, idle pipes and pump jacks are a daily reminder of how complex and expensive the process is.

Energy
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