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Oil and Gas Regulations

Matt Bloom / KUNC

Updated March 6, 2019 at 9:16 a.m.

A Colorado Senate committee has advanced a bill that would overhaul oil and gas regulations to give local governments more authority over industry operations.

The Senate Transportation and Energy Committee voted 4-3 early Wednesday to send the bill to the chamber's Finance Committee.

Kirk Siegler

Initiative 97, a ballot question that would increase Colorado’s minimum oil and gas well setbacks, has qualified for the upcoming midterm election.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced on Aug. 29 it had verified enough signatures supporting the effort.

Courtesy of Walker Stapleton for Governor, Polis for Colorado

The Republican candidate for Colorado governor is warning that Democrats want to impose job-killing restrictions on oil and gas development.

Photo by Kirk Siegler

An oil and gas advocacy group is warning Colorado taxpayers they could face billions of dollars in compensation claims if voters approve tough new restrictions on where wells can be drilled.

KUNC file photo

Leaders of a northern Colorado city have approved a $3 million deal with two energy companies to stop surface oil and gas drilling.

Christopher Cleary

States like Colorado and Wyoming require that new oil and gas wells be built at least 500 feet away from existing homes. But new research shows that might not be far enough away to protect people’s health.

Leigh Paterson / KUNC

After a deadly home explosion in Firestone, Colo. last spring, the state is now updating its oil and gas regulations. At a public meeting on Jan. 8, several local officials and residents were focused on one item not on the table: mapping a type of small pipeline called a flowline.

Courtesy of Rebecca Everette / City of Fort Collins

Fort Collins is updating their oil and gas regulations after the Colorado Supreme Court rejected a voter-approved moratorium on oil and gas drilling in 2016, saying the five-year time-out conflicted with state law. The city is taking up the issue now, not because of looming oil and gas development but because it expects more home development near existing wells. The focus is on setbacks, or how far homes must be from oil and gas wells.