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Weld County (left photo) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (right photo).

State oil and gas regulators are seeking roughly $18 million in fines from the company responsible for the 2017 home explosion in the town of Firestone. It’s the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s largest fine ever issued against an operator, officials said.

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Hundreds of Colorado oil, gas and mining operators have not been reporting the full extent of their business operations to regulators, depriving the state of an unknown amount of tax revenue, according to a new audit released Tuesday.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is ramping up air monitoring near a school in Greeley after researchers visiting the area detected a spike in the level of the chemical benzene. The state is also investigating several nearby oil and gas facilities as possible sources.

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State oil and gas regulators adopted new safety rules on Thursday requiring the locations of thousands of underground oil and gas pipelines across Colorado to be published online for the public to see.

The move, regulators say, will help inform residents of industrial operations near their homes and prevent future accidents involving oil and gas equipment.

Weld County (left photo) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (right photo).

This week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, is meeting to vote on new rules to regulate flowlines in our state. This comes after the National Transportation Safety Board released their report about a 2017 home explosion in Firestone back in October.

KUNC's Colorado Edition spoke with Erin Martinez, a survivor of that explosion in Firestone, who will deliver testimony at the COGCC's meeting on Thursday. 

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This week, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, is meeting to vote on new rules to regulate flowlines in our state. Flowlines are the underground pipelines that connect oil and gas wells to storage tanks.

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Colorado oil and gas operators could see tighter requirements around abandoning, testing and disclosing information for thousands of underground pipelines across the state after a public hearing in Greeley this week.

Weld County (left photo) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (right photo).

Federal investigators released a highly-anticipated summary of the 2017 explosion in Firestone on Tuesday, prompting statements of frustration from the family at the center of the accident and renewed calls for government action to prevent similar tragedies.

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There's been a lot of hubbub about a recent study on the health risks of living near oil and gas. 

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission announced it would take "immediate action" to review new permits for wells within 2,000 feet of homes. A new attack ad calls the research "junk science" and "fearmongering."  

But what did that study actually say? We took a closer look at some of the details.

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Colorado’s oil and gas regulators say they will start putting some drilling applications through a more rigorous review process after a study found people face short term health risks, such as headaches and dizziness, if they are within 2,000 feet of the wells.

The study released Thursday specifically found the health risks occur when a well is being constructed, with the highest risk coming at a time when a process called “flowback” occurs.

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