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Bill Detail: HB23-1242

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Title Water Conservation In Oil And Gas Operations
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors A. Boesenecker (D)
J. Joseph (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (D)
L. Cutter (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/11/2023

The bill requires an oil and gas operator in the state (operator), on
or before January 31, 2024, and at least annually thereafter, to report
information to the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission
(commission) regarding the operator's use of water entering, utilized at,
or exiting each of the operator's oil and gas locations.
The bill also requires the commission to adopt rules requiring that:
  • When issuing an operator a new or renewed oil and gas
permit on or after June 1, 2024, the commission include as
a condition of the permit a requirement that the operator
use a decreasing percentage of fresh water and a
corresponding increasing percentage of recycled or reused
water in the operator's oil and gas operations; and
  • Each oil and gas operator, on and after January 1, 2024,
report on a monthly basis to the commission about the daily
vehicle miles traveled for any trucks hauling water to,
within, or from the operator's oil and gas operations in the
From the information reported to the commission under the bill,
the commission is required to:
  • Include the information as part of the commission's annual
reporting on cumulative impacts of oil and gas operations;
  • Report to the division of administration (division) in the
department of public health and environment, on a
per-incident basis, any indication of technologically
enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material or PFAS
chemicals present in produced water; and
  • On a quarterly basis, submit a cumulative report to the
division and the department of transportation on reported
vehicle miles traveled and public roads traveled.

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