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.

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 »

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 »