Health & Safety

Colorado’s oil and natural gas producers are committed to safe and responsible development of the state’s resources. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission oversees the permitting process and enforces state regulations to ensure the safety of the communities we live in. These regulations include groundwater testing and monitoring, setbacks from buildings, installing noise barriers during drilling operations, and re-routing or reducing truck traffic away from communities. In addition, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment administers a comprehensive program to monitor air quality and emissions. Lastly, all oil and gas companies operating in Colorado and elsewhere are bound by Occupational Safety & Health Administration laws to ensure worker protection and on-the-job safety.

Health Study Must be Scrutinized

 Statement from the Colorado Oil & Gas Association on Alleged Findings in CU School of Public Health Study:  “This is a very serious allegation. If you recall, Lisa McKenzie’s last major study in 2014 was disavowed by state health officials and in fact the state’s top health official went so far as to say the public could be “misled” by it. University researchers shouldn’t be in the game of scaring people just to secure additional funding. Still, public health is obviously of great concern to our industry and we will review her data immediately. We also look forward to the state’s review of the study.” *New* Stateme ...

Whitepaper: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Timeline

The State of Colorado is a national leader in its commitment to fostering safe and responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas resources. Over the last 6 years Colorado has implemented precedent setting regulations from baseline groundwater testing and monitoring to air regulations targeting methane leak detection and repair. This regulatory timeline provides summary information on significant legislative and regulatory efforts affecting Colorado’s oil and gas industry from 2010 to 2016. Read More »

Mythbusters: Industry Spills

 Myth #1 – Spills often go unreported.  Any observable release of exploration and production (E&P) fluids or produced fluids spilled onsite is considered a spill, be it crude oil, condensate or salty water produced from a well, treatment fluids used during hydraulic fracturing, or diesel fuel used to power drilling rig generators. Rule 906 of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) establishes requirements for spills and releases.1 Rule 906.a. requires operators investigate, clean up, and document impacts from spills to the COGCC and Rule 906.b. defines reportable spills and reporting requirements for spills/releas ... Read More »

Q&A with Korby Bracken

Korby Bracken is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager, specializing in air quality, for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Rockies assets. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. In addition to his Chemical Engineering degree he holds a Professional Environmental Engineer certification. Since graduation he has worked in many business sectors, including the New Source Review permitting group at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Working for the State of Wyoming is where Korby found his interest in the air quality field. Prior to working for Anadarko, Korby worked for ... Read More »

Fast Facts: Cornell Study on Hydraulic Fracturing

A study from Cornell University suggests that natural gas production climate benefits have been vastly overstated, largely due to the method of extraction known as hydraulic fracturing (HF).1 At issue is the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas (GHG) – released in to the atmosphere and whether this amount is significant enough to curtail the benefits of natural gas over other fossil fuels such as coal. Author of the study, Professor Robert Howarth claims: “Compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20 percent greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon.” This has yielded significant skepticism ... Read More »