The core objective of the OPS Petroleum Brownfields Program is to promote environmental protection, provide economic benefits, create jobs and support community revitalization through the assessment, cleanup and reuse of abandoned and underutilized petroleum storage and dispensing sites throughout the State of Colorado.
Petroleum brownfields are often abandoned gas stations with known or perceived contamination that complicates the future sale, reuse or redevelopment of the property. These stations are found in almost every Colorado community, and many are visible on the Main Streets of our towns.
The redevelopment of petroleum brownfields requires communication and collaboration between regulators and the following interested parties.
Former gas stations are prime candidates for redevelopment, but they also present a series of challenges. To encourage the reuse of abandoned properties that have petroleum storage tanks, the OPS team can assist interested parties with the following items.
"We think we have a great story to tell about the indispensible role OPS played in our urban renewal effort, especially in a small community without substantial staff and financial resources."
-Jim Burack, Town Adminisrator & Police Chief