Colorado is home to gorgeous mountains, sweeping plains, and some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. In addition, Colorado has a 150 year history of oil and gas development while preserving our state’s natural beauty. We are one of the leading producers of natural gas, a cleaner burning fuel source that is helping to reduce carbon emissions. Drilling for oil and gas is an industrial process and leaves a small footprint, however, practices such as multi-well pads, employing Best Management Practices (BMPs), and complying with the stringent local, state, and federal regulations helps ensure the protection of Colorado’s environment and natural resources.
Across the U.S., each state has regulatory authority over oil and gas operations. Colorado has some of the most comprehensive and stringent oil and gas regulations in the country: Every aspect of oil and gas activity is regulated from site selection, permitting, down-hole activities, hydraulic fracturing and disclosure, and final site reclamation.

Fast Facts: Produced Water

Based on a ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court in April 2009, the Colorado State Engineer's Office (SEO) was tasked with regulating coal-bed methane wells under the Colorado Ground Water Management Act and the Water Right Determination and Administration Act. By Colorado law, all groundwater is presumed to be tributary unless proven otherwise. (1) The Produced Nontributary Ground Water Rules were created to identify areas within Colorado where the SEO would regard produced water as nontributary. Read More »

Fueled by CNG

Beginning in 2013, a whole different kind of animal will be unleashed into Colorado’s highly congested corridor between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. Alternatively fueled from a domestic supply produced right here in Colorado, it will be sustained at a cost lower and more stable than any diesel contemporary. After over a decade of planning and development by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), a new breed of dinosaur will be brought to life, taking a bite out of congested highway traffic and deftly responding to economic changes: It is a rapid-transit fleet of 22 VelociRFTA buses that operate entire ... Read More »

Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule

On December 13, 2011 Colorado regulators unanimously passed a Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule that requires comprehensive public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments. The rule represents a balanced compromise between industry and environmental groups, providing transparency while protecting proprietary information. According to Mark Brownstein, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund’s energy program: “Colorado’s new regulation requires the most disclosure of any state in the country.” Read More »

Exciting as Space Exploration: The New Frontier of Oil & Gas Technology Innovations

Enjoy a good adventure story? The next frontier in innovation with revolutionary potential is in the energy business. Practices engineered decades ago are being refined with historical ramifications. These innovations have made inaccessible oil and gas resources now economically viable. This has implications for energy availability, security, affordability, and sustainability. Innovation is transforming exploration and production as we know it, with potential benefits for every aspect of our society. In this article, we highlight a few areas of exciting innovation in oil and gas exploration and production. Read More »