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Colorado oil, gas agency to vote on flood protection rules

DENVER (AP) — The commission that regulates oil and gas drilling in Colorado is preparing to decide on new rules to limit spills during major floods like the one that hit the Front Range and eastern plains in 2013.

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is expected to vote Monday on proposals that include requiring that all new wells be equipped with technology allowing them to be shut down remotely.

Other requirements include anchoring new and existing oilfield tanks and some other equipment to resist toppling or floating away.

Regulators began working on the new rules after the September 2013 flood. More than 91,000 gallons of oil and polluted water spilled from overturned or damaged tanks.

About 2,650 wells were shut down, but officials said no significant leaks came directly from them.

In related news, Oil, gas regulators to discuss rules for flood safety

This article was written by Dan Elliott from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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