June 19, 2019

HB 13-1316: Requiring Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to Adopt Uniform Groundwater Sampling Rules

On April 18, 2013, Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst introduced HB 13-1316 – Concerning the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Adoption of Uniform Statewide Groundwater Sampling Rules. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The Colorado oil and gas conservation commission recently adopted rules that require oil and gas operators to conduct groundwater sampling but specify less rigorous standards for particular areas of the state. The bill requires the commission to adopt uniform statewide groundwater sampling rules that obligate operators to sample groundwater sources at specified intervals before and after drilling of a well.

On April 26 the Appropriations Committee amended the bill and sent it to the House for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill passed Second Reading in the House with amendments, and passed Third Reading in the House as well. It was introduced in the Senate and assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee.