Fact Sheet

2018 COGCC Flowlines Rules

On February 13, 2018, the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission (“COGCC” or “Commission”), unanimously approved dozens of new regulations (“Rules”) as part of the state’s response to the Firestone tragedy. Most of the Rules pertain to flowlines and other types of piping systems, with other regulations increasing transparency in safety and gas leak reporting. From new domestic gas tap requirements to specifying where isolation valves must be installed on a pipeline, the Rules, together with the Commission’s existing regulations, provide the nation’s most stringent, comprehensive regulatory program for oil and natural gas operatio ... Read More »

Fact Sheet: Land Leasing

An oil and gas company must acquire the rights to extract oil and gas from a mineral owner before drilling a well. An oil and gas lease is both a conveyance and a contract. The lease is a conveyance because a mineral owner conveys to an oil and gas company the right to explore for and produce oil and gas. The lease is a contract because the oil and gas company accepts the right to explore for and produce oil and gas in exchange for certain obligations. For both parties, the lease is essential in communicating the lease terms, such as the length of time the lease is effective, the amount of royalty payments, and the rights ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Setback Rulemaking Fact Sheet

Setback regulation is a complex issue and requires an understanding of land use as well as surface and mineral property rights. This complexity is heightened by the number of stakeholders with an interest in the distance from an oil and gas facility to buildings. Stakeholders include the surface owner, the mineral owner, adjacent landowners, the local government, and the oil and gas operator. Many elements play into this calculation: the property line, the mineral property boundaries, surface and lease agreements, development plans, encroachment on existing facilities, lease lines, drilling spacing orders, access, centralization of facilities ... Read More »