Colorado oil, gas regulators modify some flood safety rule proposals, defend others

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DENVER — Colorado regulators are modifying some proposals and defending others designed to keep oilfield facilities safer during big floods like the one that hit the Front Range in 2013.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission staff told industry representatives and conservation groups Tuesday they're changing a proposed requirement for anchoring all production equipment because the language is vague and impractical.

Staff members stood by a proposal requiring companies to register all equipment with the commission, despite an industry request to modify the rule. Commission Deputy Director Dave Kulmann says the agency needs the information on hand before a potential problem occurs.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals on March 2.

The 2013 flood overturned or damaged storage tanks, spilling about 91,000 gallons of oil and polluted water.

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