- Cathy Proctor Reporter- Denver Business Journal
The state’s proposal to expand requirements for water-quality testing before and after an oil and gas well is drilled either goes too far, or isn’t needed, according to people who testified during a day-long hearing Wednesday before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).
And Shell Oil joined with the Environmental Defense Fund to jointly propose a statewide testing program, as an alternative to the COGCC’s proposal, that was acceptable to the major oil company and the environmental advocacy group.
The commission is expected to take up the testing issue at hearings scheduled for Dec. 10-11. The commission also will hold hearings at that time on what should be the appropriate setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes, schools and other buildings.
The impacts of oil and gas operations has been a rising issue during the last few years as drilling rigs have crept closer to Front Range suburban communities. Energy companies, using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, are spending billions of dollars chasing oil locked in underground formations such as the Niobrara.