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Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Requirements

This web page provides links to information on air, water and waste environmental requirements administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that affect oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) condensate tanks and tank batteries in Colorado.




Best Management Practices for Reducing Air Emissions

The Water Quality Control Division (WQCD) issues storm water discharge permits for oil and gas facilities.

The Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division administers hazardous and solid waste requirements affecting oil and gas facilities.

Since 1993, the division has participated in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-sponsored climate change grant process to gather technical information to help assess climate change from a Colorado perspective.

Climate Change/Greenhouse Gases

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) regulates the oil and gas drilling and production industry in Colorado. 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.


The COGCC is required by statute to consult with CDPHE in a number of instances pertaining to Oil and Gas operations.




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