The Energy Councilis a nonprofit trade organization that promotes safe and responsible oil and natural gas development in La Plata County. Individual and company members work to build community relations, increase public understanding, and address public issues relative to the industry.
Gas Facts : Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
The COGCC regulates the oil and gas drilling and production industry in Colorado. The mission of the COGCC is to promote the responsible development of Colorado's oil and gas natural resources. Responsible development balances efficient exploration and production of oil and gas with the prevention of waste, protection of mineral owner's rights, and protection of public health, safety and welfare, and the environment.
The COGCC issues permits for the drilling and operation of oil and gas wells, and enforces rules and regulations for the spacing of wells, well bore construction, and well site reclamation. Rules are also enforced for the abandonment of wells and for the treatment and disposal of oil and gas exploration and production waste. COGCC rules implement the statutory charge to prevent significant environmental impacts to air, water, soil, or biological resources caused by oil and gas operations. Below are the rule categories with links to the actual rules:
The COGCC is staffed with field inspectors, engineers, and environmental protection specialists who are responsible for reviewing permit applications and other technical information, and for inspecting oil and gas wells for compliance with COGCC regulations. These staff members also respond to complaints about oil and gas well sites by surface owners and local governments. In addition to the main Denver office, the COGCC inspectors and field engineers are located throughout the state including Durango.
The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission board is made up of Commissioners appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Monthly public hearings are held in Denver and in locations with oil and gas activity around the state. Commissioner requirements are set by statute in the Oil and Gas Conservation Act at §34-60-104 (2) (a)(1), C.R.S. (Current as of 07-29-2011)
Contacting the COGCC
Web site: http://cogcc.state.co.us/
The web site contains information for surface owners as well as answers to typical questions from the public about oil and gas development in Colorado. All rules and regulations can be found on the web site.
The above can also be found at: Staff Contact Information
If you are unsure who to contact please click on the following: Organizational Chart
The following map is also helpful: Map of Staff Areas of Responsibility