Additional legislation to deal with hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas regulations is unlikely in the final weeks of the state’s annual legislative session. A task force convened by Governor Hickenlooper to examine the issue is not recommending new laws.
KUNC’s State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.
The Environmental Protection Agency's new air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry may seem like odd timing, as President Obama has been trying to deflect Republican criticism that he overregulates energy industries. But the rules weren't the Obama administration's idea.
Several years ago, communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming complained about air pollution from natural gas booms in their local areas.
The governor’s task force studying oil and gas regulations in Colorado is recommending that state regulators work collaboratively with local governments to solve drilling disputes, but the final report sent to Governor Hickenlooper Wednesday stops short of recommending any new legislation.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Wednesday to control the problem of air pollution coming from wells being drilled by the booming oil and natural gas drilling industry.
Currently, waste products from the drilling operations, which include a mix of chemicals, sand and water, can be pumped into open enclosures or pits, where toxic substances can make their way into the air. The new rules will require this fluid to be captured by 2015, and flared — or burned off — in the meantime.