Colorado Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Colorado Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil spills into water: Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) 25-8-601

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Storage tanks: 7 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1101-14 Section 4-3

Drilling and exploration: 2 CCR 404-1 Section 906

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) Compliance Section

Colorado Department of Natural Resources Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC)

Local emergency authorities, police, and fire departments

TO REPORT AN OIL SPILL CONTACT: Environmental Emergency Spill Reporting Line 877-518-5608 (24 HOURS)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules.Colorado requires the reporting of oil spills to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) in addition to the federal spill reporting requirements. A spill of any chemical, oil, petroleum product, sewage, etc., which may enter waters of the state of Colorado (which include surface water, groundwater, and dry gullies and storm sewers leading to surface water) must be reported immediately to the CDPHE. Owners and operators of regulated storage tank systems must report a release to the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment within 24 hours. Any accidental discharge to the sanitary sewer system must be reported immediately to the local sewer authority and the affected wastewater treatment plant. If a release occurs at a mining operation, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety should also be notified. ...


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