Policy: Environment & Energy

Colorado considers new oil, gas rules after floods

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Photo - File - In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo, a crude oil storage tank lies on its side in flood water along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colo. Oil and gas regulators are discussing whether to create new rules after more than a dozen spills of petroleum products were blamed on major flooding last September. (AP Photo/John Wark, file)
File - In this Sept. 17, 2013, file photo, a crude oil storage tank lies on its side in flood water along the South Platte River in Weld County, Colo. Oil and gas regulators are discussing whether to create new rules after more than a dozen spills of petroleum products were blamed on major flooding last September. (AP Photo/John Wark, file)
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials say they'll consider new regulations after 13 oil spills were blamed on last September's floods, but some county officials question whether more rules are required.

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairman Tom Compton said Thursday the commission will hold a hearing on potential new rules soon. He didn't set a date.

At a commission meeting to review lessons learned from the floods, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said the current rules worked because the amount of oil spilled was relatively small compared with the amount of floodwater.

State officials say more than 43,000 gallons of petroleum products spilled from overturned or damaged tanks. Another 18,000 gallons of water containing impurities from wells also spilled.

Kirkmeyer says sewage released from damaged treatment plant was a greater threat.

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