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Colorado Energy Regulators Weigh Stricter Spill Rules

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

The hearing scheduled to begin on Monday will review a new law that requires operators to report all spills of one or more barrels within 24 hours if the spill spreads beyond designated containment areas.

The 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 and the industry opposes stricter requirements.

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