Oil and Gas Background and FAQ

Here are some important and interesting links for additional information about oil and gas development in Colorado.

Federal Websites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Hydraulic Fracturing website

The Agency’s focus and obligations under the law are to provide oversight, guidance and, where appropriate, rulemaking that achieve the best possible protections for the air, water and land where Americans live, work and play.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA’s mission is Science, Service, and Stewardship. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, To share that knowledge and information with others, and To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.                                                                                          NOAA’s scientists have published several important studies of the impacts of oil and gas development on air quality in Weld County:

  •  Hydrocarbon Emissions Characterization in the Colorado  Front Range – A Pilot
  •   Source Signature of Volatile Organic Compounds from Oil and
    Natural Gas Operations in Northeastern Colorado

U. S. Department of the Interior                                                                                The U.S. Department of the Interior protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.

U.S. Energy Information Administration                                                                     The U.S. Energy Information Administration collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

State Websites

State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations                                      The name, STRONGER, is an acronym for State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. STRONGER was formed in 1999 to reinvigorate and carry forward the state review process begun cooperatively in 1988 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).

STRONGER is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to assist states in documenting the environmental regulations associated with the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
The mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is to foster the responsible development of Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is committed to protecting and preserving the health and environment of the people of Colorado.

Environmental Websites
Natural Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)
TEDX, founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, is an international non-profit organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-dose exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.


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