Bad gauge blamed for fluid leak

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What this story points out is that we can’t trust the industry to self regulate. I was at the meeting when the William official announced that 25 bbls may have leaked as a result of the failed pressure guage. I didn’t remember that “Current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules require reporting of general spills of five barrels or more within 10 days, and immediate reporting of spills of any size if they affect or threaten a surface water supply.” The Williams official made it sound as though a spill of only 25 bbls was not a reportable incident, and to my knowledge it was not reported until last Thursday night. We need more on the ground inspectors—something that I believe is also being considered in current legislation. In the words of Regan, “Trust, but verify.” Right now I don’t trust either industry or regulators, who seem to be in the pocket of industry.

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