Climate Change – The Way Forward

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) shares the concerns of both governments and citizens about climate change and climate change risks. Oil and natural gas are the primary source of energy for the global economy, supplying roughly 80 percent of total global energy demand. The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects a slight drop to 76 percent of domestic energy supply in 2040, with a significant drop in coal being offset by rising usage of natural gas, wind, and solar energy. The environmental benefits are, and will continue to be profound, as natural gas as an energy source has a low carbon dioxide emi ... Read More »

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.

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 »