Despite Costs, New Colo. Fracking Regs Won't Curb Drilling

Law360, New York (January 9, 2013, 9:18 PM EST) -- Colorado on Tuesday became the first state to require oil and gas operators to test water wells near hydraulic fracturing sites both before and after drilling, a move that could raise regulatory hurdles and increase costs for some companies, especially small operators, but not enough to cause them to rethink development plans.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved new rules making it mandatory for operators to sample from water wells within a half-mile of oil and gas wells before operations can begin and at...
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