Expanded Setbacks Dominate Oil and Gas Rulemaking

Industry challenges science and process behind new safety rules, while community and environmental groups wary of exceptions

Oil Rigs
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Sept. 28 voted on a “preliminary final” set of industry safety rules as part of the regulatory revisions required under Senate Bill 19-181, the landmark oil and gas bill passed last year.  The preliminarily approved 200-600 series rules, which deal with topics including safety, permitting and reporting obligations, will face a final vote Nov. 6, following an additional round of rulemaking, beginning this week, on environmental impacts and wildlife protection.  The commission’s decision to move forward with a controversial 2,000-foot

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