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Oil, gas regulators to discuss rules for flood safety

DENVER — Colorado regulators are holding a public meeting on proposed new rules to keep oil and gas wells safer after the 2013 Front Range flood was blamed for spills.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff will meet with interested parties on Tuesday. The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals on March 2.

The proposals include requiring that all new wells within a 100-year flood plain be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

Other proposals would require anchoring storage tanks with cables so they’re less likely to tip and spill.

Industry and conservation groups say they support most of the rule changes.

More than 48,000 gallons of oil and 43,000 gallons of polluted water spilled from overturned or damaged tanks in the 2013 flood.

In related news, Regulators order pipeline upgrades after Montana oil spill.

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