Additional powers of commission
(1)The commission also shall require:
(a)Identification of ownership of oil and gas wells, producing leases, tanks, plants, and structures;
(b)The making and filing with the commission of copies of well logs, directional surveys, and reports on well location, drilling, and production; except that logs of exploratory or wildcat wells marked “confidential” shall be kept confidential for six months after the filing thereof, unless the operator gives written permission to release such logs at an earlier date;
(c)The drilling, casing, operation, and plugging of seismic holes or exploratory wells in such manner as to prevent the escape of oil or gas from one stratum into another, the intrusion of water into oil or gas stratum, the pollution of fresh water supplies by oil, gas, salt water, or brackish water; and measures to prevent blowouts, explosions, cave-ins, seepage, and fires;
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(I)That no operations for the drilling of a well for oil and gas shall be commenced without first:
(A)Applying for a permit to drill, which must include proof either that: The operator has filed an application with the local government with jurisdiction to approve the siting of the proposed oil and gas location and the local government’s disposition of the application; or the local government with jurisdiction does not regulate the siting of oil and gas locations; and
(B)Obtaining a permit from the commission, under rules prescribed by the commission; and
(II)Paying to the commission a filing and service fee to be established by the commission for the purpose of paying the expense of administering this article 60 as provided in section 34-60-122, which fee may be transferable or refundable, at the option of the commission, if the permit is not used.
(g)That the production from wells be separated into gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons and that each be accurately measured by such means and standards as prescribed by the commission;
(h)The operation of wells with efficient gas-oil and water-oil ratios, the establishment of these ratios, and the limitation of the production from wells with inefficient ratios;
(i)Certificates of clearance in connection with the transportation and delivery of oil and gas or any product; and
(j)Metering or other measuring of oil, gas, or product in pipelines, gathering systems, loading racks, refineries, or other places.
(2)The commission may regulate:
(a)The drilling, producing, and plugging of wells and all other operations for the production of oil or gas;
(b)The stimulating and chemical treatment of wells; and
(c)The spacing and number of wells allowed in a drilling unit.
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(a)In exercising the authority granted by this article 60, the commission shall regulate oil and gas operations in a reasonable manner to protect and minimize adverse impacts to public health, safety, and welfare, the environment, and wildlife resources and shall protect against adverse environmental impacts on any air, water, soil, or biological resource resulting from oil and gas operations.
(b)The nonproduction of oil and gas resulting from a conditional approval or denial authorized by this subsection (2.5) does not constitute waste.
(3)The commission also has the authority to:
(a)Limit the production of oil or gas, or both, from any pool or field for the prevention of waste, and to limit and to allocate the production from such pool or field among or between tracts of land having separate ownerships therein, on a fair and equitable basis so that each such tract will be permitted to produce no more than its just and equitable share from the pool and so as to prevent, insofar as is practicable, reasonably avoidable drainage from each such tract which is not equalized by counter-drainage; and
(b)Classify wells as oil or gas wells for purposes material to the interpretation or enforcement of this article.
(3.5)The commission shall require the furnishing of reasonable security with the commission by lessees of land for the drilling of oil and gas wells, in instances in which the owner of the surface of lands so leased was not a party to such lease, to protect such owner from unreasonable crop losses or land damage from the use of the premises by said lessee. The commission shall require the furnishing of reasonable security with the commission, to restore the condition of the land as nearly as is possible to its condition at the beginning of the lease and in accordance with the owner of the surface of lands so leased.
(4)The grant of any specific power or authority to the commission shall not be construed in this article to be in derogation of any of the general powers and authority granted under this article.
(5)The commission shall also have power to make determinations, execute waivers and agreements, grant consent to delegations, and take other actions required or authorized for state agencies by those laws and regulations of the United States which affect the price and allocation of natural gas and crude oil, including the federal “Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978”, 15 U.S.C. sec. 3301 et seq., including the power to give written notice of administratively final determinations.
(6)The commission has the authority, as it deems necessary and convenient, to conduct any hearings or to make any determinations it is otherwise empowered to conduct or make by means of an appointed administrative law judge or hearing officer, but recommended findings, determinations, or orders of any administrative law judge or hearing officer become final in accordance with section 34-60-108 (9). Upon appointment by the commission, a member of the commission may act as a hearing officer.
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(a)The commission may establish, charge, and collect docket fees for the filing of applications, petitions, protests, responses, and other pleadings. All fees shall be deposited in the energy and carbon management cash fund created in section 34-60-122 (5) and are subject to appropriations by the general assembly for the purposes of this article 60.
(b)The commission shall by rule establish the fees for the filing of applications in amounts sufficient to recover the commission’s reasonably foreseeable direct and indirect costs in conducting the analysis, including the annual review of financial assurance pursuant to subsection (13) of this section, necessary to assure that permitted operations will be conducted in compliance with all applicable requirements of this article 60.
(8)The commission shall prescribe special rules and regulations governing the exercise of functions delegated to or specified for it under the federal “Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978”, 15 U.S.C. sec. 3301 et seq., or such other laws or regulations of the United States which affect the price and allocation of natural gas and crude oil in accordance with the provisions of this article.
(II)In performing acts for the purpose of ensuring the safe and effective sequestration of greenhouse gases pursuant to subsection (9)(a)(I) of this section, the commission shall act in accordance with subsection (9)(c) of this section and only after the governor and the commission have made an affirmative determination that the state has sufficient resources necessary to ensure the safe and effective regulation of the sequestration of greenhouse gases in accordance with the findings from the commission’s study conducted pursuant to subsection (9)(b) of this section.
(b)The commission shall:
(I)Conduct a study to evaluate what resources are needed to ensure the safe and effective regulation of the sequestration of greenhouse gases and identify and assess the applicable resources that the commission or other state agencies have; and
(II)Report its findings to the governor and the general assembly by December 1, 2021.
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(I)The commission may seek class VI injection well primacy under the federal “Safe Drinking Water Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 300f et seq., as amended, after the commission:
(A)Determines it has the necessary resources for the application outlined in the commission’s study performed pursuant to subsection (9)(b) of this section; and
(B)Holds a public hearing on the matter.
(II)The commission may issue and enforce permits as necessary for the purpose set forth in this subsection (9)(c) after the commission makes the determination and holds the hearing set forth in subsection (9)(c)(I) of this section and the commission and the governor satisfy the requirements set forth in subsection (9)(a) of this section.
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(A)If the class VI injection well is proposed to be sited in an area that would affect a disproportionately impacted community, the commission shall weigh the geologic storage operator’s submitted cumulative impacts analysis and determine whether, on balance, the class VI injection well will have a positive effect on the disproportionately impacted community. A proposal that will have negative net cumulative impacts on any disproportionately impacted community must be denied. The commission’s decision must include a plain language summary of its determination.
(B)The commission may amend by rule the cumulative effects analysis and requirements set forth in this subsection (9)(c)(III) if the commission finds the analysis and requirements to be inconsistent with, or incomplete with respect to, the federal environmental protection agency’s requirements for class VI primacy.
(C)As used in this subsection (9)(c)(III), “cumulative impacts” means the effect on public health and the environment, including the effect on air quality, water quality, the climate, noise, odor, wildlife, and biological resources, caused by the incremental impact that a proposed new or modified class VI injection well would have when added to the impacts from other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future development of any type on the affected area, including an airshed or watershed, or on a disproportionately impacted community.
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(A)The commission shall require each operator of a class VI injection well to provide adequate financial assurance demonstrating that the operator is financially capable of fulfilling every obligation imposed on the operator under this article 60 and under rules that the commission adopts pursuant to this article 60.
(B)The financial assurance required under this subsection (9)(c)(IV) must cover the cost of corrective action, injection well plugging, post-injection site care, site closure, and any emergency and remedial response.
(C)The commission shall adopt rules requiring that the financial assurance cover the cost of obligations that are in addition to the obligations listed in subsection (9)(c)(IV)(B) of this section if the additional obligations are reasonably associated with class VI injection wells and locations.
(D)An operator shall maintain the financial assurance required under this subsection (9)(c)(IV) or under any rules adopted pursuant to this subsection (9)(c)(IV) until the commission approves site closure, as specified in rules adopted by the commission. Commission approval of a site closure does not otherwise modify an operator’s responsibility to comply with applicable laws.
(E)Financial assurance provided under this subsection (9)(c)(IV) may be in the form of a surety bond, insurance, or any other instrument that the commission, by rule, deems satisfactory.
(d)In issuing and enforcing permits pursuant to subsection (9)(c) of this section, the commission shall ensure, after a public hearing, that:
(I)The permitting of a class VI injection well complies with a local government’s siting of the proposed class VI injection well location;
(II)The proposed new or modified class VI injection well has received an applicable air permit from the division of administration in the department of public health and environment;
(III)The operator of the class VI injection well has received the consent of any surface owner or owners of the land where the surface disturbance will occur and has provided the commission a written contractual agreement that the surface owner or owners have executed; and
(IV)The commission has evaluated and addressed any class VI injection well impacts from the proposed class VI injection well on the affected area to ensure the terms and conditions of any permit issued under this section are sufficient to ensure that any class VI injection well impacts are avoided, minimized to the extent practicable, and, to the extent that any class VI injection well impacts remain, that the impacts are mitigated. The commission shall provide a plain language summary of how the negative impacts are avoided or, if not avoided, minimized and mitigated and, if any, the negative impacts that cannot be mitigated.
(e)As used in this subsection (9), unless the context otherwise requires:
(I)“Class VI injection well impacts” means the effect on the public health and the environment, including air, water and soil, and the climate, caused by the incremental impact that a proposed new or significantly modified class VI injection well and associated infrastructure would have when added to the impacts from other development in the affected area.
(II)“Corrective action” has the meaning set forth in 40 CFR 146.81.
(III)“Disproportionately impacted community” has the meaning set forth in section 24-4-109 (2)(b)(II).
(IV)“Greenhouse gas” has the meaning set forth in section 25-7-140 (6).
(V)“Post-injection site care” has the meaning set forth in 40 CFR 146.81.
(VI)“Site closure” has the meaning set forth in 40 CFR 146.81.
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(a)The commission, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, may adopt rules to establish a process to certify the quantity and demonstrated security of carbon dioxide stored in a class VI injection well.
(b)The commission, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, shall evaluate the risk of class VI injection wells by determining the likelihood and severity of an incident involving a class VI injection well, the potential for exposure from such incident, and the overall effect that such incident could have on the public health, safety, and welfare and on the environment.
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(a)On or before February 1, 2024, the commission, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, shall conduct a study to better understand the safety of class VI injection wells, the potential for carbon dioxide releases from the wells, and methods to limit the likelihood of a carbon dioxide release from a class VI injection well or carbon dioxide pipeline or sequestration facility. The study must include:
(I)An evaluation of the potential air quality impacts of capture technology at a carbon dioxide source facility;
(II)Carbon dioxide pipeline safety considerations, including computer modeling to simulate carbon dioxide leaks from pipelines of varying diameters and lengths;
(III)Appropriate safety protocols in the operation and maintenance of a class VI injection well;
(IV)Methods for determining the stability of underground carbon dioxide storage and estimates of the time needed for carbon dioxide plume stabilization; and
(V)Recommendations for safety measures to protect communities from carbon dioxide releases, such as hazard zones, public notification systems, setbacks, additional monitoring requirements, or other measures.
(b)On or before March 1, 2024, the commission shall present its findings and conclusions from the study, including any recommendations for legislation, to the house of representatives energy and environment committee and the senate transportation and energy committee, or their successor committees. The commission shall not permit a class VI injection well in the state until the study has been completed and presented to the general assembly.
(c)A class VI injection well shall not be located within two thousand feet of a residence, school, or commercial building. The commission may adjust the two-thousand-foot setback by rule after studying and evaluating the severity of impacts arising from four or more class VI injection wells that have been in place in the state for at least four years.
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(a)The commission may conduct a study to determine if the state should seek regulatory primacy under the federal “Safe Drinking Water Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 300f et seq., as amended, for all subsurface injection classes included within the federal environmental protection agency’s underground injection control program, which study must include recommendations on the appropriate administrative structure and identification of other state agencies that are necessary to implement a safe and effective program.
(b)If the commission conducts the study pursuant to subsection (9.7)(a) of this section, the commission shall, on or before December 1, 2024:
(I)Complete a report summarizing the findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the study;
(II)Post a copy of the completed report on the commission’s website; and
(III)Submit copies of the completed report to the house of representatives energy and environment committee and the senate transportation and energy committee, or their successor committees.
(c)This subsection (9.7) is repealed, effective July 1, 2025.
(10)The commission shall promulgate rules and regulations to protect the health, safety, and welfare of any person at an oil or gas well; except that the commission shall not adopt such rules and regulations with regard to parties or requirements regulated under the federal “Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970”.
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(a)By July 16, 2008, the commission shall:
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(A)Promulgate rules to establish a timely and efficient procedure for the review of applications for a permit to drill and applications for an order establishing or amending a drilling and spacing unit.
(II)Promulgate rules, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public in the conduct of oil and gas operations. The rules shall provide a timely and efficient procedure in which the department has an opportunity to provide comments during the commission’s decision-making process. This rule-making shall be coordinated with the rule-making required in section 34-60-128 (3)(d) so that the timely and efficient procedure established pursuant to this subsection (11) is applicable to the department and to the division of parks and wildlife.
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(I)The general assembly shall review the rules promulgated pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (11) acting by bill pursuant to section 24-4-103, C.R.S., and reserves the right to alter or repeal such rules.
(II)By January 1, 2008, the commission shall promulgate rules to ensure the accuracy of oil and gas production reporting by establishing standards for wellhead oil and gas measurement and reporting. At a minimum, the rules shall address engineering standards, heating value, specific gravity, pressure, temperature, meter certification and calibration, and methodology for sales reconciliation to wellhead meters. The rules shall be consistent with standards established by the American society for testing and materials, the American petroleum institute, the gas processors association, or other applicable standards-setting organizations, and shall not affect contractual rights or obligations.
(c)The commission shall adopt rules that:
(I)Adopt an alternative location analysis process and specify criteria used to identify oil and gas locations and facilities proposed to be located near populated areas that will be subject to the alternative location analysis process; and
(II)In consultation with the department of public health and environment, evaluate and address the potential cumulative impacts of oil and gas development.
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(I)By April 28, 2024, the commission shall promulgate rules that evaluate and address the cumulative impacts of oil and gas operations. The rules shall include a definition of cumulative impacts.
(II)The commission shall provide resources to support community engagement in the process from affected communities, including translation, outreach, and other strategies to support public participation.
(III)In promulgating the definition of cumulative impacts by rule pursuant to subsection (11)(d)(I) of this section, the commission shall review, consider, and include addressable impacts to climate, public health, the environment, air quality, water quality, noise, odor, wildlife, and biological resources, and to disproportionately impacted communities, as defined in section 24-4-109 (2)(b)(II).
(IV)As used in this subsection (11)(d), “impacts to climate” means quantification of emissions of greenhouse gases, as defined in section 25-7-140 (6), that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by the operator and reasonably foreseeable truck traffic at an oil and gas location.
(12)The commission, in consultation with the state agricultural commission and the commissioner of agriculture, shall promulgate rules to ensure proper reclamation of the land and soil affected by oil and gas operations and to ensure the protection of the topsoil of said land during such operations.
(13)The commission shall require every operator to provide assurance that it is financially capable of fulfilling every obligation imposed by this article 60 as specified in rules adopted on or after April 16, 2019. The rule-making must consider: Increasing financial assurance for inactive wells and for wells transferred to a new owner; requiring a financial assurance account, which must remain tied to the well in the event of a transfer of ownership, to be fully funded in the initial years of operation for each new well to cover future costs to plug, reclaim, and remediate the well; and creating a pooled fund to address orphaned wells for which no owner, operator, or responsible party is capable of covering the costs of plugging, reclamation, and remediation. For purposes of this subsection (13), references to “operator” include an operator of an underground natural gas storage cavern and an applicant for a certificate of closure under subsection (17) of this section. In complying with this requirement, an operator may submit for commission approval, without limitation, one or more of the following:
(a)A guarantee of performance where the operator can demonstrate to the commission’s satisfaction that it has sufficient net worth to guarantee performance of every obligation imposed by this article 60. The commission shall annually review the guarantee and demonstration of net worth.
(b)A certificate of general liability insurance in a form acceptable to the commission that names the state as an additional insured and covers occurrences during the policy period of a nature relevant to an obligation imposed by this article 60;
(c)A bond or other surety instrument;
(d)A letter of credit, certificate of deposit, or other financial instrument;
(e)An escrow account or sinking fund dedicated to the performance of every obligation imposed by this article 60;
(f)A lien or other security interest in real or personal property of the operator. The lien or security interest must be in a form and priority acceptable to the commission in its sole discretion. The commission shall annually review the lien or security.
(14)Before an operator commences operations for the drilling of any oil or gas well, such operator shall evidence its intention to conduct such operations by giving the surface owner written notice describing the expected date of commencement, the location of the well, and any associated roads and production facilities. Unless excepted by the commission due to exigent circumstances or waived by the surface owner, such notice of drilling shall be mailed or delivered to the surface owner not less than thirty days prior to the date of estimated commencement of operations with heavy equipment. The notice of drilling shall also be provided to the local government in whose jurisdiction the well is located if such local government has registered with the commission for receipt thereof.
(15)The commission may, as it deems appropriate, assign its inspection and monitoring function, but not its enforcement authority, through intergovernmental agreement or by private contract; except that an assignment must not allow for the imposition of any new tax or fee by the assignee in order to conduct the assigned inspection and monitoring and must not provide for compensation contingent on the number or nature of alleged violations referred to the commission by the assignee.
(15.5)The commission shall use a risk-based strategy for inspecting oil and gas locations that targets the operational phases that are most likely to experience spills, excess emissions, and other types of violations and that prioritizes more in-depth inspections. The commission shall:
(b)Implement the systematic risk-based strategy by July 1, 2014. The commission may use a pilot project to test the risk-based strategy.
(16)The commission has the authority to establish, charge, and collect fees for services it provides, including but not limited to the sale of computer disks and tapes.
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(a)The commission has exclusive authority to regulate the public health, safety, and welfare aspects, including protection of the environment, of the termination of operations and permanent closure, referred to in this subsection (17) collectively as “closure”, of an underground natural gas storage cavern.
(b)No underground natural gas storage cavern may be closed unless the operator has secured a certificate of closure from the commission. The commission shall issue a certificate of closure if the applicant demonstrates that its closure plan protects public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment.
(c)Before submitting its application, an applicant for a certificate of closure must, to the extent such owners are reasonably identifiable from public records, notify all owners of property, both surface and subsurface, occupied by and immediately adjacent to the underground natural gas storage cavern of the applicant’s intent to submit a closure plan. “Immediately adjacent to” means contiguous to the boundaries of the underground natural gas storage cavern. The notice shall advise the owners of a location where a full copy of the closure plan may be inspected, that written comments may be submitted to the commission, and that they may participate in the public hearing required by this subsection (17). The applicant shall notify the owners of the date, time, and place of the public hearing. Contemporaneously with notifying the owners, the applicant shall send a copy of the notice to registered homeowners’ associations that have submitted a written request for such notice prior to the filing of the application with the commission and the board of county commissioners in the county where the underground natural gas storage cavern is located.
(d)The commission shall provide the public with notice and an opportunity to comment on an application filed under this subsection (17) for a certificate of closure pursuant to the procedures set forth in section 34-60-108 (7). The applicant shall attend the public hearing and shall be available at other reasonable times as the director may request to respond to comments and questions.
(e)The director may consult with other state agencies possessing expertise in matters related to closure of underground natural gas storage caverns in the areas of the jurisdiction of such agencies, including, but not limited to, safety, environmental protection, public health, water resources, and geology. Agencies consulted under this subsection (17) may include, but are not limited to, the public utilities commission, the division of reclamation, mining, and safety, the Colorado geological survey, the division of water resources, and the department of public health and environment. Any agency consulted shall provide advice and assistance with respect to matters within its expertise.
(f)The commission may attach conditions to its certificate of closure, including requiring reasonable recovery of residual natural gas, if the commission determines that such conditions are technically feasible and necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of this subsection (17), taking into consideration cost-effectiveness. If the closure application requires the abandonment of wells and reclamation of well sites associated with the underground natural gas storage cavern, the commission shall attach conditions to its certificate of closure requiring that such well abandonment and reclamation occur in a manner consistent with applicable commission rules.
(g)The commission may, subject to the limitations contained in paragraph (f) of this subsection (17), attach conditions to its certificate of closure requiring:
(I)Reasonable post-closure monitoring and site security at a closed underground natural gas storage cavern; and
(II)That the applicant for the certificate of closure will perform post-closure corrective actions consistent with this subsection (17), including, but not limited to, the limitations contained in paragraph (f) of this subsection (17) if any such post-closure monitoring establishes that the closure does not protect public health, safety, or welfare, including protection of the environment.
(h)The commission shall require that the applicant for a certificate of closure provide reasonable assurance that it is financially capable of fulfilling any obligation imposed under this subsection (17) including, but not limited to, post-closure corrective action required by paragraph (g) of this subsection (17), in accordance with subsection (13) of this section.
(i)The applicant for a certificate of closure under this subsection (17) shall reimburse the commission’s reasonable and necessary costs of reviewing and acting on the application. Such reimbursement shall include:
(I)Reimbursement to the commission, its staff, and any agencies consulted under this subsection (17) for the reasonable cost of the time required to review the application, at a rate commensurate with the hourly compensation of the staff employee performing the actual work, but not to exceed the hourly compensation of the highest paid commission staff employee, based on the employee’s annual salary divided by two thousand eighty hours; and
(II)Reimbursement of the reasonable cost to the commission of hiring one or more private consultants to review the application and provide advice to the commission as a result of such review, if the applicant consents in writing to the scope and expected range of costs of the activities to be undertaken by each such private consultant. If the commission and applicant cannot agree on the scope or expected range of costs and if the commission determines a private consultant is necessary in the review of the application, then the commission may hire a private consultant at its own expense.
(18)The commission shall promulgate rules to ensure proper wellbore integrity of all oil and gas production wells. In promulgating the rules, the commission shall consider incorporating recommendations from the State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange and shall include provisions to:
(a)Address the permitting, construction, operation, and closure of production wells;
(b)Require that wells are constructed using current practices and standards that protect water zones and prevent blowouts;
(c)Enhance safety and environmental protections during operations such as drilling and hydraulic fracturing;
(d)Require regular integrity assessments for all oil and gas production wells, such as surface pressure monitoring during production; and
(e)Address the use of nondestructive testing of weld joints.
(19)The commission shall review and amend its flowline and inactive, temporarily abandoned, and shut-in well rules to the extent necessary to ensure that the rules protect and minimize adverse impacts to public health, safety, and welfare and the environment, including by:
(a)Allowing public disclosure of flowline information and evaluating and determining when a deactivated flowline must be inspected before being reactivated; and
(b)Evaluating and determining when inactive, temporarily abandoned, and shut-in wells must be inspected before being put into production or used for injection.
(20)The commission shall adopt rules to require certification for workers in the following fields:
(a)Compliance officers with regard to the federal “Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970”, 29 U.S.C. sec. 651 et seq., including specifically working in confined spaces;
(b)Compliance officers with regard to codes published by the American Petroleum Institute and American Society of Mechanical Engineers or their successor organizations;
(c)The handling of hazardous materials;
(d)Welders working on oil and gas process lines, including:
(I)Knowledge of the flowline rules promulgated pursuant to subsection (19) of this section;
(II)A minimum of seven thousand hours of documented on-the-job training, which requirement can be met by an employee working under the supervision of a person with the requisite seven thousand hours of training; and
(III)Passage of the International Code Council Exam F31, national standard journeyman mechanical, or an analogous successor exam, for any person working on pressurized process lines in upstream and midstream operations.
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(a)As used in this subsection (21), unless the context otherwise requires:
(I)“Oil and gas reports” means the types of reports described in subsection (21)(b)(I) of this section.
(II)“Random sample” has the meaning set forth in section 2-3-128 (1)(e).
(b)On or before April 15, 2025, the commission shall submit a report to the state auditor that includes:
(I)The following reports filed for the 2023 calendar year by the operators included in the random sample:
(A)Monthly production reports;
(B)Quarterly conservation levies;
(C)Mechanical integrity tests; and
(D)Any reporting of emissions data, including oil and gas location assessments and cumulative impact data identifications;
(II)For the random sample and the total population of operators in the state, a description of any missing oil and gas reports due for the 2023 calendar year or incomplete or incorrect oil and gas reports that were accepted for the 2023 calendar year without a request for completion or correction;
(III)For the random sample and the total population of operators in the state, a copy of any notices given by the commission to an operator pursuant to section 34-60-121 (4) for the 2023 calendar year; and
(IV)For the random sample and the total population of operators in the state, a description of any penalties assessed for the 2023 calendar year, with the data broken down by:
(A)Type of violation; and
(B)Penalty amount assessed against a person for the violation.
(c)The commission shall publish the report submitted to the state auditor pursuant to subsection (21)(b) of this section on its website.
(d)The commission shall provide any additional information that the state auditor requests pursuant to section 2-3-128.
(e)This subsection (21) is repealed, effective July 1, 2026.
(22)The commission shall create and maintain a website that serves as the state portal for information and data regarding the commission’s regulatory activities.
Section 34-60-106 — Additional powers of commission - rules - definitions - repeal,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-34.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).