Environment

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.

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids- Exciting Clean and Green Developments

The fluid formulation is the rocket science behind hydraulic fracturing (HF). A subtle difference in formulation can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of the fracturing treatment in releasing oil and gas resources. The design of each HF process focuses on understanding the reservoir rock and subsurface conditions in order to design HF fluids that can optimize results. Particularly in new areas, such the emerging shale plays, HF optimization is an exciting area of discovery, imagination, development, and ultimately increasing degrees of success. Read More »

Q&A with Natalia Swalnick

COGA: What exactly does the Air Quality/Clean Cities Manager do? Natalia: The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition supports local practices to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. We work with private companies, public fleets, and other organizations to encourage the use of alternative fuels. The portfolio of technologies and vehicles that Clean Cities advances includes hybrids, fuel economy, fuel efficiencies, alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as idling equipment and programs. We are advancing the deployment of vehicles and infrastructure in tandem to create a market for alternative fuels. Read More »

Mythbusters: Industry Water Use

Water used for oil and gas operations falls under the jurisdiction of multiple regulations that dictate its acquisition and use. Below are some of the more common myths surrounding water use in oil and gas development, and explanations as to how they are misinformed—and sometimes flat out wrong. Read More »

Fast Facts: The Environmental Benefits of Natural Gas

Natural gas is the cleanest burning hydrocarbon fuel on the planet. When combusted, natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), a compound with molecules containing just one carbon atom and four hydrocarbon atoms. Its combustion products are primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. Most pollution in the United States comes from the transportation and utility sectors. We could reduce total air pollution by nearly 30% using natural gas vehicles. In the electric power sector, we can reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 55%, mercury emissions by 30%, and greenhouse gas emissions by 15% with natural gas-fired generation. Read More »

Fast Facts: Water Use

Water is vital to all life and scarce in the West. Its use and management is critical to our industry stakeholders. The primary use for water in modern oil and gas development is in the drilling and completion phases. During drilling, water is used to cool the drill bit and provide a mechanism to bring drill cuttings to the surface. Water is also used for hydraulic fracturing, which pumps water down the wellbore under high pressure to create hairline fractures to release oil and gas. Read More »