Bill Detail: SB23-186

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Title Oil And Gas Commission Study Methane Seepage Raton Basin
Status Governor Signed (06/02/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors J. Willford (D)
T. Winter (R)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
R. Pelton (R)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 03/09/2023

The bill requires the Colorado oil and gas conservation
commission (commission), in consultation with local governments, to
perform a study that:
  • Recognizes best management practices for capturing
methane seepage in the Raton basin;
  • Confirms the high quality of water resulting from such
methane capture operations; and
  • Confirms the high potential to preserve and make
beneficial use of such water.
The commission must complete the study and submit it to
legislative committees of reference by December 1, 2023.
The bill also requires the commission to implement a regulatory
category for methane recovery in the Raton basin, which category
includes consideration of enforcement, financial assurance, flow lines,
forms, operator guidance, orphan well programs, rules, and policies and
allows for beneficial uses deemed prudent by local governments.

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