Fast Facts

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 »

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 »