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Gas Drilling: Proposed Rule for Water Testing in Colorado Limited

Jan 8, 2013
(The Denver Post)

Colorado's proposed new rule to protect water from expanding oil and gas operations would not apply to more than 25 percent of wells or to the tanks, pipelines and other production facilities that are frequent sources of leaks.

Environmental groups that worked with Shell Oil to develop a tougher before-and-after groundwater-testing rule are calling the state's proposal a farce.

Colorado's water sampling "would be the worst in the nation adopted thus far," said Dan Grossman, regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a former state lawmaker.

Beyond major exemptions, it allows the industry "to cherry-pick water sources for sampling," Grossman said.