Oil and Natural Gas

Oil and natural gas have been part of Colorado’s history for over 150 years and is an important part of the state’s economy. Colorado is at the forefront of environmental regulation, developing and implementing some of the most stringent programs in the country.

Whitepaper: COGCC Oil and Gas Task Force Rulemaking Summary

On August 4, 2014, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the formation of an oil and gas development task force, which was established through Executive Order in September 2014. The 21-member Task Force convened monthly from September 2014 through February 2015. The Task Force put forth 9 recommendations. Two of the recommendations, numbers 17 and 20, which were unanimously approved, required a formal rulemaking of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to implement. Recommendation 17 calls for the COGCC to define and adopt a process for improved local government involvement during the COGCC permitting process for Appli ... Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Katherine Nicholas

My name is Katherine Nicholas and I am a native Californian, born and raised just outside of Los Angeles. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 and made the move to Colorado in 2011. I’m currently working on a Master’s of Science in Global Energy Management from CU Denver because having a two-year old son and a full-time job just isn’t a challenge enough on its own! Read More »

Meet Your Neighbor with Kathleen Madigan

My name is Kathleen Madigan, E.I.T. I am a wife and mother first, but the rest of my time I enjoy being the Director of Group Management and Senior GIS Analyst/Engineer at LT Environmental, Inc. (LTE). I’m a people person, but I also have an obsession with Excel and numbers. I love my family and cherish the time I spend with my husband watching the Broncos (especially the Super Bowl 50 win), baking cookies and pies with my daughter, and snowboarding with my son. 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 »

Haley: What the president should have said: ‘Thanks, fracking’

President Obama uttered 5,438 words during his hour-long State of the Union speech this month, but he forgot two: Thanks, fracking. In his final State of the Union speech, the president took credit for lower gasoline prices, for cutting our carbon dioxide emissions and for reducing our dependence on foreign oil. However, he completely failed to recognize how any of that took place. The shale revolution — our American energy renaissance — wasn’t mentioned once. He also blew his chance to thank the hundreds of thousands of men and women who work in the oil and gas industry in this country — an industry that helped pull the United S ... Read More »