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Topic: 2018 COGCC Flowlines Rules

Speaker:  Andrew Casper, Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA)

Time: Tuesday, September 11, 11:30am-1pm

CEMS has received  one (1) general CLE for this presentation

On February 13, 2018, the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission (“COGCC” or “Commission”), unanimously approved dozens of new regulations (“Rules”) as part of the state’s response to the Firestone tragedy. Most of the Rules pertain to flowlines and other types of piping systems, with other regulations increasing transparency in safety and gas leak reporting. From new domestic gas tap requirements to specifying where isolation valves must be installed on a pipeline, the Rules, together with the Commission’s existing regulations, provide the nation’s most stringent, comprehensive regulatory program for oil and natural gas operations.

New oversight rules set forth installation and design standards, equipment and facility registration obligations, enhanced integrity management, additional record keeping and reporting, and a stringent process for abandonment of flowlines. COGCC’s 1100 Series Rules were revised and reorganized to clearly delineate the life cycle of a flowline, from its registration with the Commission, through construction and installation, to integrity management and finally abandonment. The Commission carefully distinguished definitions between crude oil transfer lines, produced water transfer systems, and on and off-location flowlines, because these lines are each subject to different registration and mapping, design, and integrity management requirements.

CEMS September 2018 – COGCC Flowlines Rules full abstract

Andrew Casper is the Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association.  The Colorado Oil & Gas Association, (COGA) is an industry trade association that promotes policies to foster the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. Andrew monitors regulatory procedures relevant to oil and gas development, prepares responses to proposed changes, and advocates COGA’s position to relevant stakeholders and agencies. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, his law degree from the University of Baltimore, and a Masters of Science from the University of Denver.

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Box Lunch

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