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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 Facts : Well Duration

All wells vary in the duration of natural gas production. Depending on a number of factors, wells can produce from a few years to 40 or 50 years. As advances in natural gas production continue, well duration may change based on how technology affects recovery.

During the productive life of a well, operators are responsible for various types of maintenance associated with the well as stipulated in the lease or other legal documents and/or required by the COGCC. These address issues such as weed control, safety, fencing associated with the well site, pipelines and roads. Wells are also required to be pressure tested so that potential leaks can be avoided. COGCC requires environmental protections during and after production.