Oil, Gas Commission Approves Stricter Groundwater Rules
KREX News Room
DENVER - On Monday, the first of a three-day hearing, state regulators unanimously approved a rule requiring energy companies to do groundwater sampling both before and after they drill.
The sampling of water wells near drilling sites will help show whether supplies of drinking water have been affected by energy development.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission considers the new rules among the strongest in the country. Only two other states have mandatory groundwater programs and no other states require post-drilling water samples.
The commission finished Monday's meeting with deliberations on how far drilling must be from buildings, a topic that's expected to stretch into Tuesday and Wednesday as well.
Commissioners also decided to allow all testimony to be heard during these meetings, despite earlier attempts by oil and gas groups to block some.