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Colorado Adopts Strict Fracking Rules to Protect Drinking Water

June 11, 2020, 6:00 PM

Colorado has approved the strongest rules in the U.S. to protect groundwater during oil and gas fracking and to reduce the risk of well explosions, environmental groups and the oil and gas industry say.

The rules, effective Nov. 2, ensure that well casings and cement isolate groundwater at all depths from oil, natural gas, and hydraulic fracturing fluids, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which adopted the rules Thursday.

Companies must perform annual testing of wellbores, the holes that are drilled to frack for oil and gas, to ensure they’re in good shape throughout the well’s life-cycle...

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