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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!  EVENT FULL!
Registration at 6:30am
Breakfast promptly at 7:00am
Key Note Speaker at 7:30am

Please RSVP by April 2, 2018 EVENT FULL!

Free Breakfast, Drawings, Door Prizes!
Please contact Shelly Dornick at [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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By Whitney Nichols
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 | [email protected] | 303-866-4640

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By Whitney Nichols
STAKING UNIVERSITY – LOCATOR CERTIFICATION SEMINAR
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Staking University will hold a Locator Certification Seminar on May 16 & 17 and September 13 & 14, 2018 at the City of Boulder Municipal Service Center located at 5050 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 80301.

For more details and to register, please click here (May class) and here (September class).

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By Whitney Nichols
CGA Monthly Update – December 2017
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December 2017: The December 2017 edition features a member partnership to promote 811 at nationally televised NCAA basketball games and provides a member’s perspective on the value of volunteering for a CGA committee. This month’s edition also highlights member events held throughout the country to promote 811 and the safe digging process.

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By Whitney Nichols
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 Nichols
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 [email protected] 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 Nichols
Veterans Day Holiday Closure Error
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Our sincere apologies…

As you may know, this coming Saturday is Veterans Day and all Federal Holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed on the Friday prior to the Saturday. All locate ticket requests received today, November 9th will be due by end of day on Tuesday, November 14th.

All locate ticket requests processed yesterday Wednesday, November 8th with a locate by date of Friday, November 10th should have been dated as a locate by date of Monday, November 13th.

We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused. The issue has been resolved in our system and will not happen again.

For questions regarding this issue please contact 811 directly. Thank you for your patience in dealing with this matter.

Colorado 811

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By Whitney Nichols
October 2017 CGA Newsletter
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The October 2017 CGA Newsletter is now available, download and read it here.
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By Whitney Nichols
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 Nichols
DIRT Field Form Changes for 2018
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DIRT Field Form Changes and Enhancements for 2018DIRT 2018 Changes

The CGA Data Reporting and Evaluation Committee (DREC) met to discuss changes to the 2018 DIRT Field Form. The purpose of the 2018 DIRT changes are to streamline, encourage more participation, respond to user community feedback, clarify questions and enhance analysis.

To view the detailed presentation of the 2018 changes and enhancements, click here.

Click here to learn more about Colorado DIRT.

 

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By Whitney Nichols