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Colorado panel OKs sweeping changes to oil, gas regulations

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DENVER - After delays caused by the pandemic and a nearly full change in members, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has unanimously approved a broad swath of new rules seen as some of the strictest in the country.

The rules approved Monday include what’s considered the strongest statewide well setback requirement:  2,000 feet between new wells and schools and homes.

The Denver Post reports that  Colorado will join Alaska as the only states to ban routine venting and flaring of natural gas from oil and gas wells and other equipment.

The regulations take effect Jan. 15.

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