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 »

Mythbusters: Industry Water Use

Water used for oil and gas operations falls under the jurisdiction of multiple regulations that dictate its acquisition and use. Below are some of the more common myths surrounding water use in oil and gas development, and explanations as to how they are misinformed—and sometimes flat out wrong. Read More »

Mythbusters:Federal Exemptions

Across the U.S., each state has regulatory over oil and gas operations.  Colorado has some of the most comprehensive and stringent oil and gas regulations in the country:  Every aspect of oil and gas activity is regulated from site selection, permitting, down-hole activities, hydraulic fracturing and disclosure, and final site reclamation. Read More »