Monday, February 10, 2014
Nikki Graber, Compliance and Remediation
Oil and gas companies know that oil and gas basins don’t follow neatly drawn state boundaries. With Wyoming poised to enact new water sampling regulations, companies working along the Colorado-Wyoming border will potentially have two different sets of rules to follow. Olsson has experienced staff members able to help navigate these rules.
The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) put forth the Cowboy State’s first-ever statewide water-sampling regulations with a March 1, 2014, effective date (pending Governor Matt Mead’s signature). The water sampling guidelines are different than Colorado guidelines in several ways, including the following:
In some aspects, the Colorado and Wyoming regulations are similar. For example, the spacing and the number of sample sites required in the proposed Wyoming regulations are similar to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Rule 609. This rule requires samples in a half-mile radius from proposed wells and takes into account the distance from proposed wells, differing aquifers, and the direction of water flow.
Olsson has been tracking the development of the Wyoming regulations, and Olsson staff members are well versed in the differences between Colorado’s and Wyoming’s baseline water sampling regulations. Staff members are prepared to help clients from Olsson’s Golden, Grand Junction, and Loveland offices. Olsson’s Loveland staff members are particularly able to efficiently assist clients as they develop, implement, and monitor water-sampling plans for multiple wells whether they are located in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, or both.
If you have any questions about baseline water sampling, please contact Nikki Graber in our Loveland office at 970.461.7733 or email@example.com.