As previously reported, Broomfield is taking the lead in representing itself and four local governments (Boulder County, Erie, Lafayette, and Longmont) in the COGCC rulemaking making on flowlines. Fort Collins has asked to be a part of this group.
As previously reported, Broomfield is taking the lead in representing itself and four local governments (Boulder County, Erie, Lafayette, and Longmont) in the COGCC rulemaking on flowlines. Also, Fort Collins has asked to be a part of this group, and we are waiting for COGCC's determination on their late party status request to join this group. Together the local governments have chosen the name the Affiliated Local Government Coalition (ALGC). The prehearing statement of the ALGC, which was filed today in the flowline rulemaking, can be viewed here.
The recommendations included in the prehearing statement include:
Adding requirements for corrosion protection and integrity management;
A requirement that all off-location flowlines should have leak detection systems. Expanding the applicability of COGCC Leak Protection, Detection and Monitoring to all off-location flowlines in order to minimize the risk that a produced water line, crude oil or natural gas line will spill, rupture or leak;
Adding a requirement that local governments receive notice prior to abandonment, rather than after, in order to allow the local government the opportunity to comment on the proposed abandonment method, and to be able to have an inspector onsite during abandonment, if it so desires; and
Adding a provision that the COGCC require operators to submit an annual report certifying compliance with the design and install flowlines and crude oil transfer lines according to specific COGCC rules and documenting any deviations from such rules, signed by a responsible official.
The hearing date is Nov. 20, and 21, 2019.