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2018 El Paso County Excavator Breakfast
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April 6, 2018 at 6:30 am at the Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center

Please join the El Paso County Damage Prevention Council in kicking off National Safe Digging Month at the 7th Annual Excavator Breakfast on April 6, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Come eat a delicious breakfast, network with industry stakeholders, and learn about One Call Legislation updates and industry happenings. Internationally recognized author and speaker, Chad Hymas will speak with a powerful message about safety. Attendees include: Excavators, Facility Owners, Operators, Utility Locators, Regulatory and Compliance Entities, Emergency Responders and anyone interested in protecting life and property through utilizing safe digging practices.
Seats are limited, so RSVP early!
Registration at 6:30am
Breakfast promptly at 7:00am
Key Note Speaker at 7:30am

Click here to RSVP – Please RSVP by April 2, 2018

Free Breakfast, Drawings, Door Prizes!
Please contact Shelly Dornick at shelly@epcdpc.org for any questions regarding the breakfast.
Sponsorship Opportunities 

Click here to download the sponsorship letter and fill out the following sponsorship form. For questions regarding sponsorship please contact Tracy Beers at tracy@epcdpc.org.


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By Whitney Cregger
COGCC approves comprehensive new flowline regulations
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DENVER — Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) today approved comprehensive new regulations addressing oversight of flowlines and related infrastructure associated with oil and gas development.

The nine-member commission unanimously approved the updated regulations following three days of testimony from the public, local governments, homebuilders, citizen groups, trade associations and members of the oil and gas industry on more than 20 pages of proposed new and amended rules.

“We believe these new rules are another important step in the aftermath of the Firestone tragedy,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “State government and local municipalities depend on the commitment that industry is doing everything to to keep our communities safe.”

The flowline rules take numerous steps to strengthen requirements for design, installation, maintenance, testing, tracking and abandoning flowlines. Flowlines describe the kinds of pipelines that most typically move fluids around specific oil and gas development locations from wells to separators to storage tanks or to larger pipelines.

The new rules include dozens of changes and improvements to flowline oversight, including:

  • Requirements for more detailed tracking, location data and record-keeping for flowlines that carry fluids away from a specific oil and gas location, such as lines that may travel from a well to a storage tank not co-located on the same wellpad, or to a gathering line. The rule permits COGCC to share resulting, more specific geospatial information with local governments through a confidentiality agreement.
  • Requirements that any flowlines not in use – but not yet abandoned – are locked and marked. All such lines must continue to undergo integrity testing under the same standards as active lines until abandonment. Any risers associated with abandoned flowlines  must be cut below grade. This rule change makes permanent the post-Firestone order to eliminate above-ground risers connected to abandoned flowlines.
  • More detailed requirements for operators to demonstrate flowline integrity, including updated standards for integrity-testing lines, more testing options that align with newer technology, and the elimination of pressure-testing exemptions for low pressure lines.
  • Requirements for full operator participation in the Utility Notification Center of Colorado’s “one-call” program to ensure a centralized home for all data on flowline locations and access to that information through the established 811 “call-before-you-dig” system.

The new flowline rules and enhanced participation by operators in 811 include three key components of state actions outlined by Gov. Hickenlooper following a three-month review of oil and gas operations last year. The review followed the home explosion in Firestone last April that killed two people and injured a third.

“Our work with operators last spring and summer to identify, quantify and test all flowlines near residential areas was a significant start,” said COGCC director Matt Lepore. “These rules – and additional actions ordered by the Governor that are still unfolding – continue to keep our focus on this work.”

The final draft of the proposed rules can be found here, and an overview of the COGCC’s basis and purpose for the rules here. The latter provides context and analysis for the rulemaking. All documents associated with the rulemaking, including formal statements from parties to the hearing, are housed here.

The Commission also directed COGCC staff to empanel a stakeholder group representing a cross-section of interests to review current and developing instrument-based technologies and methods  for preventing or detecting leaks and spills from flowlines. COGCC staff will present to the Commission quarterly on the group’s progress with a final presentation of the results of the stakeholder group’s study, along with any associated recommendations for changes to COGCC’s policies or rules, within a year.

The flowline rulemaking is the latest in a consistent and long-running effort to strengthen the regulatory oversight of the COGCC, dating to 2008.

The COGCC, under the Hickenlooper Administration, has crafted rules to increase distances between drilling and neighborhoods; reduce the effects of light, noise and odors; protect groundwater; reduce air emissions in partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; disclose hydraulic fracturing chemicals; tighten requirements for spill reporting; significantly elevate penalties for operators violating Commission rules; toughen requirements for operating in floodplains; and amplify the role of local governments in siting large operations near communities.

The Commission has also significantly expanded inspection, engineering, reclamation, and environmental staff; increased ease of access and the volume of data available to the public; intensified collaboration with local governments; sponsored ongoing studies to increase understanding of impacts to air and water; and adopted several formal policies to address health, safety, and environmental issues brought about by new technologies, all while experiencing an unprecedented increase in oil and gas development in Colorado.

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Media Contact:Shelby Wieman | shelby.wieman@state.co.us | 303-866-4640

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By Whitney Cregger
Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar – Pueblo, CO
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Join the City of Pueblo for the Regional Stormwater Educational Seminar on February 8, 2018 at the CSU Pueblo campus located at 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO. This seminar is designed to assist Developers, Contractors, Builders, Engineers, Municipalities and others wanting to learn about: Green Alternatives to Rock & Concrete for Channel Stabilization, Colorado 811 Requirements, Erosion Control on Linear/Utility Projects Seeding and more.

Click here to download the registration form. Mail registration form (back of flyer) to Teresa Guagliardo at Pueblo County – 33601 United Ave, Pueblo, CO 81001 or email to guagliardot@pueblocounty.us.

Location Information: CSU Pueblo Campus map and Chemistry Building map 

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By Whitney Cregger
Save the Date – El Paso County Excavator Breakfast
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Save the date for the El Paso County Excavator Breakfast on April 6, 2018 in Colorado Springs. More information to come.

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By Whitney Cregger
CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
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There were approximately 379,000 excavation damages in 2016 which cost the United States in excess of $1.5 billion. – DIRT Annual Report for 2016

Learn practical strategies for reducing damages by attending the
2018 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo

Are you committed to preventing damages?

Join us for the largest event in the underground damage prevention industry.

  • Nearly 2,000 participants
  • 80+ hours of education
  • 60+ conference sessions
  • 150+ exhibitors

82% of surveyed attendees believe the information obtained will help them implement change at work

View the Conference Sessions | List of Workshops

Check out these networking opportunities for 2018:

REGISTER HERE

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By Whitney Cregger
2018 Weld County Damage Prevention Awareness Breakfast
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Join the Weld County Damage Prevention Council for the 18th annual Damage Prevention Awareness Breakfast on February 7, 2018. Speakers will discuss the current state of safety culture and One Call legislation changes. RSVP by January 26, 2018. Various sponsorships are available, booth fees are $150 and include a 6-foot table and chairs, $500 for large equipment, such as vac truck.

Contact Russ Hartley at Russell.Hartley@atmosenergy.com or (970) 304-2042 to be a sponsor, donate a door prize or for any other questions.

Click here to RSVP

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By Whitney Cregger
One Call Legislative Meetings
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Learn about the new reform proposal to the One Call law and ask questions about how it may impact your organization at the upcoming 811 Legislative Meeting. This meeting will be held in four different locations on three days.

  • Greeley Meeting – Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:00am – 11:00am, Double Tree Hilton – 919 7th St. Greeley, CO 80634, click here to RSVP
  • Denver Meeting – Tuesday, December 19, 2017 9:30am – 11:30am, Lamar Street Center – 5889 Lamar St, Arvada, CO 80003, click here to RSVP
  • Glenwood Meeting – Wednesday, December 20, 2017 8:00am – 10:00am, Glenwood Community Center – 100 Wulfsohn Rd, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, click here to RSVP
  • Grand Junction Meeting – Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Ute Water Conservancy District – 2190 H 1/4 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81505, click here to RSVP

Meeting topics:
One 811 Membership, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Enforcement

Panelists: Ray Swerdfeger  – Swerdfeger Construction, Brad Vitale – Xcel Energy, J.D. Maniscalco – Colorado 811

Please RSVP by Dec. 12th, 2017, for questions, please contact Jennifer Wilson at jwilson@co811.org.

Download the 2018 Proposed Reforms to Colorado 811 One-Call Law Fact Sheet.

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By Whitney Cregger
Trends in Outdoor Kitchens
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Nowadays, outdoor kitchens are more and more popular. They can be faithful copies of indoor kitchens, equipped with all the basic equipment (countertops, refrigerator, sink, oven and storage cabinets), but also with special outdoor cooking equipment (barbecue grill, pizza oven etc.).

As for styles, current trends show a preference for rustic and traditional, as well as for modern and contemporary.

In many cases, especially when it comes to old rural homes, there are dependencies around the house that have lost their usefulness and that can be transformed into rustic outdoor kitchens. The bread oven and the grill must not be absent and the sink has to be integrated into this assembly. The worktop should be made of wood or stone, and massive wood furniture can be used for dining.

As about contemporary style, the defining features are convenience and aesthetics. Contemporary outdoor kitchen mirrors the ones from the interior, gathering most of the equipment under a pergola located in the garden. Ideal furniture is removable and modular; materials are dominated by stainless steel and aluminum, for both furniture and household appliances. For lighting, the spots buried (before digging for lighting installation, make sure specialty services Colorado call before you dig is scheculed first!) in the land around the pergola / pergola, as well as the candles will certainly increase the elegance of the contemporary style.

 

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By Harriet
2017 Holiday Party and Open House
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Friday December 15th from 11am to 1pm at Colorado 811’s office. Please RSVP no later than December 11th to Jennifer Wilson at (303) 205-6304 or jwilson@co811.org.

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By Whitney Cregger
Colorado 811’s 2018 Board of Directors Nomination Results
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Congratulations to the following nominees who were elected to be on the 2017/2018 Colorado 811 Board of Directors:

Electric Distribution: Brad Vitale, Xcel Energy

Cable Television: Frank Trujillo, Comcast

Electric Cooperative: Cody O’Neil, Holy Cross Energy 

Communications: Thomas Sturmer, Century Link

Government: Gary Behlen, Town of Erie

Tier Two: Eddie Hernandez, Denver Water 

Excavator Director: Toni Pascal, Pascal Construction Company

To contact any of the Colorado 811 Board of Directors, click here.

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By Whitney Cregger