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.

Source Determination: COGA & CPA Comments to EPA

Founded in 1951, the Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) is a statewide non-profit Colorado trade association comprised of member companies involved in every segment of Colorado’s oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, transportation, supplier chain, pipeline and contractors. The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) is a nationally recognized trade association that promotes the beneficial, efficient, responsible, and environmentally sound development, production, and use of Colorado’s oil and natural gas resources. With over 300 members, COGA provides a positive, proactive voice for the oil and gas ... Read More »

Comments on Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources and EPA’s Draft Control Technical Guidelines for the Oil and Gas Industry

Dear Administrator McCarthy: The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA), with the input of its members, prepared and is pleased to submit these comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rules entitled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New and Modified Sources,” published on September 18, 2015. 80 Fed. Reg. 56,593 (hereinafter referred to as “Quad Oa”). We are simultaneously providing comment on EPA’s draft control technical guidelines (CTGs) for the oil and natural gas industry. See 80 Fed. Reg. 56,577 (Sept. 18, 2015). The Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) joins COGA in these com ... Read More »

Governor’s Task Force Rulemaking Fast Facts

On August 4th, 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 Task Force was comprised of 21 members representing local government, civic organizations, environmental interests, agriculture, and affected industries. It convened monthly from September 2014 through February 2015. At the final meeting, the Task Force put forth 9 recommendations, 7 of which were approved unanimously. Two of the recommendations, numbers 17 and 20, which were unanimously approved, require a formal rulemaking of the Colorado Oil and Gas Cons ... Read More »

Whitepaper: Hydraulic Fracturing

WHAT IS HYDRAULIC FRACTURING?  Hydraulic fracturing is one of the final components of the overall drilling procedure and is used far below ground surface (often more than a mile) to allow the recovery of oil and gas. It is often confused with the entire drilling practice, but it is just one part. This fact sheet explains what hydraulic fracturing is, describes what concerns stakeholders have with the process, provides some technical explanations, and discusses the regulatory framework. Hydraulic fracturing is often referred to as “fracing,” pronounced fracking. WHY DO WE NEED HYDRAULIC FRACTURING?  Hydraulic fracturing is a cri ... Read More »

Fast Facts: The Niobrara

The Niobrara formation is roughly 82-87 Million years old, and was formed in the Upper Cretaceous period of the Mesozoic era. The formation is composed of two structural units: Smoky Hill Chalk which overlies the Fort Hays Limestone. While the Niobrara formation extends from Canada to New Mexico, only certain parts of the formation are capable of producing oil and natural gas. Currently, the most productive zones are in the Denver-Julesberg basin of northeast Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Exploration activities in Colorado are occurring around the state, including the northwestern county of Rio Moffatt, the Piceance Basin, and southea ... Read More »