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.

Coalition Letter: Setback Interdependence

Let’s Include Our Community Interdependence with Oil and Gas in the Setback Conversation  Our society is becoming increasingly detached from the things that we consume and those that produce them, even the basics of food, water, shelter, and energy. Our coalition has come together to encourage policies that embrace rather than ignore our interdependence with oil and gas resources. The discussion of oil and gas setbacks is no exception. Read More »

Basics: Colorado Water Supply

Hydraulic fracturing and its impact on Colorado’s water supply is often misunderstood. To fracture an average horizontal well in Colorado, and most other parts of the nation, two to five million gallons of water are needed. Sound like a lot? It isn’t if you put that into perspective with the state’s total usage: It is a drop in the bucket. For example, in 2010 4.53 billion gallons were used for hydraulic fracturing across Colorado. As staggering as that may sound, this figure only represents 0.08% of Colorado’s water use in 2010; not even 1/1000 of total annual use. Read More »

Basics: Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of creating small fissures, or fractures, in underground geological formations to allow natural gas and oil to flow into a wellbore and up to the surface where it is collected and prepared. It is part of the final stages of the overall drilling procedure, called the completion phase. It occurs thousands of feet—often more than a mile—below ground surface and groundwater aquifers, separated by multiple layers of impermeable rock or shale.Hydraulic fracturing is critical to the development of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs that would otherwise be uneconomical. Read More »