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.

Fact Sheet: Clean Air Clean Jobs Act

The “Clean Air Clean Jobs Act” (CACJA) passed the Colorado General Assembly in the spring of 2010 with bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate and was signed into law by then-Governor Bill Ritter. An unprecedented, bipartisan coalition of natural gas producers, utilities, conservationists, local officials, and others supported the bill and continue to do so today. Read More »

Fast Facts: Clean Air Clean Jobs Act

The Colorado Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act (CACJA) was signed into law on April 19, 2010 providing a roadmap to reduce emissions from older coal-fired power plants. This significant legislation transcended traditional political party lines and received support from a broad spectrum of interest groups. This law was enacted in part, because Colorado is currently out of compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has threatened to propose more stringent standards. Read More »

Coalition Letter: Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring Rules

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is conducting a rulemaking to evaluate the need for a statewide baseline groundwater testing program. Over the last decade, Colorado has implemented a number of successful basin-specific water testing programs that have built public confidence in industry’s ability to protect groundwater in conjunction with oil and gas drilling operations. Additionally, there is a statewide voluntary groundwater monitoring program that began in January of 2012 in which operators who drill over 93% of the wells drilled in Colorado participate. Read More »

Coalition Letter: Setback Interdependence

Let’s Include Our Community Interdependence with Oil and Gas in the Setback Conversation  Our society is becoming increasingly detached from the things that we consume and those that produce them, even the basics of food, water, shelter, and energy. Our coalition has come together to encourage policies that embrace rather than ignore our interdependence with oil and gas resources. The discussion of oil and gas setbacks is no exception. Read More »

Basics: Colorado Water Supply

Hydraulic fracturing and its impact on Colorado’s water supply is often misunderstood. To fracture an average horizontal well in Colorado, and most other parts of the nation, two to five million gallons of water are needed. Sound like a lot? It isn’t if you put that into perspective with the state’s total usage: It is a drop in the bucket. For example, in 2010 4.53 billion gallons were used for hydraulic fracturing across Colorado. As staggering as that may sound, this figure only represents 0.08% of Colorado’s water use in 2010; not even 1/1000 of total annual use. Read More »