New Rules for Oil Spills

Dec 17th @ 2:59 pm in News by katymitchel

The state crackdown on oil & gas development continues, The nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission today unanimously approved new spill reporting regulations that significantly tighten the volume thresholds and timeframe for operators to report spills of oil as well as exploration and production waste. Under the new rules, any spill of five barrels or more must be reported within 24 hours. In addition, any spill of one barrel or more that occurs outside secondary containment, must also be reported within 24 hours. The previous threshold for such reporting in both instances was 20 barrels, and spills between five and 20 barrels could be reported within 10 days. The rules continue to require reporting within 24 hours of any spill that impacts or threatens to impact waters of the state, any occupied structure, livestock, a public byway or surface water supply area. The new rules are in addition to a House Bill which was approved by lawmakers earlier this year and took effect August 7. There’s no word yet on how these new regs will affect workers and jobs.