Colorado is home to gorgeous mountains, sweeping plains, and some of the most scenic landscapes in the country. In addition, Colorado has a 150 year history of oil and gas development while preserving our state’s natural beauty. We are one of the leading producers of natural gas, a cleaner burning fuel source that is helping to reduce carbon emissions. Drilling for oil and gas is an industrial process and leaves a small footprint, however, practices such as multi-well pads, employing Best Management Practices (BMPs), and complying with the stringent local, state, and federal regulations helps ensure the protection of Colorado’s environment and natural resources.
Across the U.S., each state has regulatory authority over oil and gas operations. Colorado has some of the most comprehensive and stringent oil and gas regulations in the country: Every aspect of oil and gas activity is regulated from site selection, permitting, down-hole activities, hydraulic fracturing and disclosure, and final site reclamation.

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.

Mythbusters: Industry Spills

 Myth #1 – Spills often go unreported.  Any observable release of exploration and production (E&P) fluids or produced fluids spilled onsite is considered a spill, be it crude oil, condensate or salty water produced from a well, treatment fluids used during hydraulic fracturing, or diesel fuel used to power drilling rig generators. Rule 906 of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) establishes requirements for spills and releases.1 Rule 906.a. requires operators investigate, clean up, and document impacts from spills to the COGCC and Rule 906.b. defines reportable spills and reporting requirements for spills/releas ... Read More »

Fast Facts: Air Quality Regulation

On February 23, 2014, at the conclusion of a five-day public hearing, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted 8-1 to adopt new air rules for the oil and gas industry. These regulations fully adopt federal regulations (EPA’s NSPS OOOO) and add controls and strategies to reduce fugitive Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and hydrocarbon emissions from condensate tanks and other sources. This includes installation of emission control devices and implementation of leak detection and repair programs. The new regulations will become effective in Spring 2014. Read More »

Q&A with Korby Bracken

Korby Bracken is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager, specializing in air quality, for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Rockies assets. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. In addition to his Chemical Engineering degree he holds a Professional Environmental Engineer certification. Since graduation he has worked in many business sectors, including the New Source Review permitting group at the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Working for the State of Wyoming is where Korby found his interest in the air quality field. Prior to working for Anadarko, Korby worked for ... 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 »