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Whitepaper: Colorado’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Timeline

The State of Colorado is a national leader in its commitment to fostering safe and responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas resources. Over the last 6 years Colorado has implemented precedent setting regulations from baseline groundwater testing and monitoring to air regulations targeting methane leak detection and repair. This regulatory timeline provides summary information on significant legislative and regulatory efforts affecting Colorado’s oil and gas industry from 2010 to 2016. Read More »

Whitepaper: COGCC Oil and Gas Task Force Rulemaking Summary

On August 4, 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 21-member Task Force convened monthly from September 2014 through February 2015. The Task Force put forth 9 recommendations. Two of the recommendations, numbers 17 and 20, which were unanimously approved, required a formal rulemaking of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to implement. Recommendation 17 calls for the COGCC to define and adopt a process for improved local government involvement during the COGCC permitting process for Appli ... Read More »

Whitepaper: Oil and Gas Development and Public Health

We are all concerned about the health of our families. Oil and gas development, including new technologies such as horizontal drilling and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”), has been repeatedly studied and continues to be researched. There are many scary and often unfounded health risk claims about communities near oil and gas development. We are all surrounded by numerous chemicals every day. The presence of a chemical in your environment does not automatically translate into adverse effects. The way we are exposed (exposure route), time of exposure (duration), and concentration of ex ... Read More »

Whitepaper: The Truth About Gasland

On Monday, June 21st, HBO aired “GasLand” a documentary by Josh Fox which discusses the natural gas industry. While Mr. Fox‟s original film was changed after the screenings in response to factual critiques, it is still filled with much misleading information. Natural gas is a clean, abundant, and domestic energy source that has created 2.8 million American jobs and is vital to our nation‟s clean-energy future and economy. Colorado is fifth in the country in natural gas employment by supporting 137,000 Colorado jobs which adds $8.4 billion in labor income and $18.3 billion in annual contribution to the economy. 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 »