March 2015

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Representatives of the major oil companies and the United Steelworkers Union returned to the table on March 9, 2015 to resume talks regarding a three-year labor contract during a strike by workers that has now entered its sixth week. The union called for the strike on February 1, 2015 after contract negotiations failed. (more…)

On Monday, March 2, 2015, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) adopted new rules to limit the impact of spills in flood-prone areas of Colorado, like the ones that occurred in the Front Range and eastern plains in 2013. The new rules require that all new wells utilize technology allowing them to be shut down remotely in cases of restricted access, require new and existing tanks and equipment to be anchored securely, and require barriers to prevent damage to the well site by flood debris. (more…)