Regulatory Overview

The State of Colorado is a national leader in its commitment to fostering safe and responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas resources. Colorado has implemented precedent setting regulations from baseline groundwater testing and monitoring and pipeline safety to air regulations targeting methane leak detection and repair. This is a summary of significant legislative and regulatory efforts affecting Colorado’s oil and gas industry. Download the Regulatory Overview.

2016 – Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force Rulemaking

On August 4th, 2014, Governor John Hickenlooper announced the formation of an oil and gas development task force, which was established through Executive Order B2014-005 in September 2014.[1]  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.[2] At the final meeting, the Task Force put forth nine recommendations, seven of which were approved unanimously. Two of the unanimously approved recommendations, numbers 17 and 20, required a formal rulemaking of the C ... Read More »

2016 – State Implementation Plan (SIP)

Parts of Colorado have ongoing difficulties meeting EPA’s 2008 Ozone Standard of 75ppb.  In May 2016, the EPA reclassified the Denver Metro/North Front Range area as in Moderate non-attainment with the 2008 Ozone Standard.  Later that year, the commission adopted a revised State Implementation Plan (SIP) to further reduce ozone levels for the Denver Metropolitan and North Front Range nonattainment area. The plan includes detailed technical analyses regarding the formation of ozone, future trends in ozone levels, strategies to reduce ozone, and other elements.  It includes measures deemed necessary to comply with the standa ... Read More »

2016 to 2017 – AQCC CTG Rulemaking and Revisions to Reg 7

To further reduce ground-level ozone, improve air quality, and comply with federal requirements, the division, the commission and the Regional Air Quality Council have worked with external stakeholders, including COGA, to reduce emissions from oil and natural gas sources. On October 27, 2016, EPA finalized the Control Technique Guidelines for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry (Oil and Gas CTG).  The Commission determined that some sources covered by the Oil and Gas CTG were not addressed in existing regulations.  The new rules included the following[1]: Requirements for monitoring pneumatic pumps Enhanced equipment leak mo ... Read More »

2018 – Flowline Rulemaking

As part of the state’s response to the Firestone tragedy, on February 13, 2018, the COGCC unanimously approved dozens of new rules pertaining to flowlines and other types of piping systems, with other regulations increasing transparency in safety and gas leak reporting. State regulations require operators to lock and mark any flowlines not in use or abandoned.  All lines must continue to undergo integrity testing under the same standards as active lines until abandonment.  Operators are also now required to become Tier 1 participants in the 811 call-before-you-dig system, which establishes a centralized home for all data on flo ... Read More »

2018 – Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities (SB 167)

The bill creates the underground damage prevention safety commission (commission) as an independent agency within the department of labor and employment.  The commission has rule-making and enforcement authority regarding specified portions of the excavation damage prevention law and is required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the notification association to facilitate implementation and administration of the law.  The notification association is required to provide administrative support to the commission in performing its duties. [1] A review committee of the commission initially determines whether a violation ... Read More »