oil well cleanup
Colorado regulators overhaul rules to ensure there’s money to clean up orphan wells
Commissioners say the rule overhaul reduces the risk to the state. Environmental groups say they’re so complicated, it’s impossible to tell if that’s true.
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.
Opinion: Colorado is letting oil drillers off the hook for cleanup of their plugged wells
The Oil and Gas Commission is falling short of its obligations under a new state law meant to hold drillers accountable