Colorado Holds Hearing on Regulations

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering two rules that would give regulators and local governments more of a say in the location of large oil and gas facilities in "urban mitigation areas," defined as 1,000 feet from clusters of occupied buildings. The rules would allow local communities to consult with energy companies on location planning, but only the state can impose regulations. The proposal is to request the State to make more stringent regulations on oil industry facilities that impact the public. Energy company representatives fear the rules will hurt the industry and the state’s economy.