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.

Basics: Mineral Rights and Royalties

Mineral rights refer to the ownership of the mineral estate, which lies beneath the surface. Separate from the surface estate, mineral estates come with their own rights and rules for access. In Colorado, there are over an estimated 600,000 citizens that have a chain of title to mineral ownership based off a study from Oklahoma University. Read More »

Q&A with Siobhan Pritchard

Get to know an industry professional who loves what she does and where she lives. This month, we asked Siobhan Pritchard, Project Geologist at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA), more about her role in the industry and what she’s passionate about. Read More »

Oil Shale vs. Shale Oil Basics

The difference between oil shale and shale oil: It’s not like the two ways you can say “tomato”. It’s more like the distinction between apples and oranges. Let’s break their differences down to the basics. 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 »