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The Energy Council

is 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 Tap Safety : Introduction

La Plata County is located in the northern end of the San Juan Basin - one of the nation's largest deposits of natural gas. Some landowners in the county have agreements with the oil and gas industry that allow a direct supply of natural gas. This is commonly referred to as a "gas tap."

While there are national, state and county codes requiring landowners to properly install piping and connections for natural gas use, those codes are sometimes overlooked and safety becomes a life and death issue. Improper piping installation, connections and maintenance have caused serious accidents resulting in loss of property and life here in La Plata County. If not connected and maintained properly, the danger of a natural gas explosion is very real; therefore, it is the landowner's responsibility to follow proper codes and procedures for gas taps.

This page was prepared to alert La Plata County citizens about policies regarding codes, permits and inspections. It provides a reference guide to some sources of information about proper installation and safety recommendations regarding gas taps. This page also discusses the legal issues related to gas taps. Finally, at the bottom of this page, there is a list of La Plata County emergency and information phone numbers.