Welcome to the Website!

Welcome to the brand new! This website has been months in the making and we are excited that you’re finally here, checking it out. When we started thinking about how the new site should look and feel we wanted something user friendly that made it easy to learn about the programs, resources, and mission of COGA. There are a few things we want to highlight for visitors to the new site and hope these helpful hints and suggestions will make your user experience even better. The new Energy Facts section of the website is now home to all of our original content, resources, and is sorted by series type and category to make i ... Read More »

Produced Water Initiative

December 2013 Nestled between the Grand Valley’s soaring Book Cliffs and the high-desert canyons of the West Slope, Colorado Mesa University faculty and students are gathering round the table to talk with oil and gas industry stakeholders and state regulators about the beneficial use of water produced from oil and gas operations. Their collaborative efforts are part of the Produced Water Initiative (PWI), developed by the Redifer Institute at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). The Redifer Institute is a research and policy organization of the University that includes the Water Center, Center for Local Government, Natural Resource Center, ... Read More »

2012 Economic Impact Study- CU Leeds School of Business

The oil and gas industry, along with nearly all extraction industries, inherently provides substantial economic benefits due to its integrated supply chain, high wage jobs, and propensity to sell nationally and globally. It brings in outside investment and often operates in rural areas where high-wage jobs are scarce and industry is fleeting. Much of Colorado’s oil and gas is sold outside of the state, contributing wealth to owners, employees, governments, and schools, all of which are beneficiaries of oil and gas revenues. In 2012, Colorado’s oil and gas industry recorded $9.3 billion in production value, accounting for some 29,300 di ... Read More »

Water Use

In 2012 COGA published Colorado oil and gas industry water usage facts, “Water Use Fast Facts”, which can be found at, under Fast Facts. In summary, the facts estimate water use for oil and gas development at 0.13% of Colorado’s total 2012 water use. That’s 6.5 billion gallons of water for the year at far less than one percent of all water use. These billions of gallons are compared with other users in the state and, despite being “billions” in number, they are the lowest of notable users, such as Irrigation (4497.5 billion gallons/year), Public Supply (315.4 billion gallons/year), and Mining (7.8 billion gallons/year ... Read More »

Fueled by CNG

Beginning in 2013, a whole different kind of animal will be unleashed into Colorado’s highly congested corridor between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. Alternatively fueled from a domestic supply produced right here in Colorado, it will be sustained at a cost lower and more stable than any diesel contemporary. After over a decade of planning and development by the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), a new breed of dinosaur will be brought to life, taking a bite out of congested highway traffic and deftly responding to economic changes: It is a rapid-transit fleet of 22 VelociRFTA buses that operate entire ... Read More »