Aug 16, 2012 12:19 AM by Kate Richards

Colorado taking a look at drilling rules

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper says the state is looking at new initiatives to create "integrity and trust" in oil and natural gas development in Colorado.

The Denver Post reports that at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's annual conference in Denver, Hickenlooper listed four areas that the state is looking to include in existing rules or to add.

Hickenlooper said Wednesday those areas are: enhanced testing to assure well-bore integrity; comprehensive water sampling before a well is drilled; controlling fugitive methane emissions from wells; and determining how far wells must be from structures in densely populated areas.


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