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As expected, the COGCC approved a limited rule for groundwater sampling and monitoring. Dan Grossman, regional director for the Environmental Defense Fund and a former state lawmaker, called the rule “the worst in the nation adopted thus far.”
In a statement the Environmental Defense Fund said the COGCC’s water testing program falls short in these three aspects.
- The rule exempts for the entire Greater Wattenberg Area (encompassing parts of Weld, Adams, Boulder, and Larimer counties)—from the statewide program.
- The rule applies statewide, it arbitrarily caps the number of water sources operators are required to sample within a well radius, allowing companies to “cherry pick” what gets tested.
- The COGCC program fails to set rules for how groundwater samples are collected and tested.