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.

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 »

Colorado’s Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule

On December 13, 2011 Colorado regulators unanimously passed a Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Rule that requires comprehensive public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing treatments. The rule represents a balanced compromise between industry and environmental groups, providing transparency while protecting proprietary information. According to Mark Brownstein, Chief Counsel of the Environmental Defense Fund’s energy program: “Colorado’s new regulation requires the most disclosure of any state in the country.” Read More »

Exciting as Space Exploration: The New Frontier of Oil & Gas Technology Innovations

Enjoy a good adventure story? The next frontier in innovation with revolutionary potential is in the energy business. Practices engineered decades ago are being refined with historical ramifications. These innovations have made inaccessible oil and gas resources now economically viable. This has implications for energy availability, security, affordability, and sustainability. Innovation is transforming exploration and production as we know it, with potential benefits for every aspect of our society. In this article, we highlight a few areas of exciting innovation in oil and gas exploration and production. 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 »