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Nov 5, 2013 5:03 PM by Juice Godfrey

Colo. energy regulators weigh stricter spill rules

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering new spill rules that are stricter than those passed by state lawmakers.

A new law requires operators to report all spills of one or more barrels within 24 hours if the spill spreads beyond designated containment areas.

The Daily Sentinel reports that a draft proposal from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission would also require them to report all spills of five barrels or more within 24 hours, whether or not they're confined by berms or other containment. Currently, the reporting threshold is 20 barrels.

The state health department backs the change because it says most well pads aren't designed to contain spills. The industry opposes it.

The commission will take written comments through Nov. 8 and hold hearings on Dec. 16 and 17.

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