Oil, gas regulators say pollution in next Colorado flood could be worse; new regulations sought

DENVER - State regulators say the 92,000 gallons of oil and polluted water that spilled during last fall's catastrophic Colorado flood have washed away without a trace, but future floods could be more damaging.

A report released Monday by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said the commission will consider a series of new regulations designed to minimize the effects of floods and wildfires on oil and gas wells and tanks.

The suggestions include requiring wells within a certain distance of waterways to be equipped with devices that allow operators to shut them down remotely and anchoring storage tanks to the ground with cables so they're less likely to tip over and spill.

The commission is expected to discuss the proposed rules at a meeting this spring.

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