Colorado House approves bill raising oil and gas water testing rules

Colorado's oil and gas companies working in the booming Wattenberg field north of Denver would be required to step up their tests of groundwater before and after new wells are drilled under a measure the state Legislature is considering.

HB 1316, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Dickie Lee Hullinghorst of Gunbarrel and Joe Salazar of Thornton, would require the state to undertake the same stringency of groundwater testing in the oil-rich Wattenberg basin as it does across most of the state.

Colorado also has different groundwater testing rules for the San Juan Basin, where coal-bed methane is produced in the southwestern part of the state.

HB 1316 passed the House on its third and final reading in that chamber Wednesday morning and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

It’s one of many bills aimed at tightening regulations on the multibillion-dollar industry that the Legislature is debating during the waning days of the 2013 session.

Visit the Denver Business Journal to read more about the bill packages.

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