Oil and gas community investigations

 

The Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program investigates all reports of health concerns from community members living near oil and gas operations. The health concerns may be reported directly to our program, or forwarded to this program from other agencies. We receive complaints by email or phone, and the initial phase of our work involves getting detailed information from the person reporting the health concern. We assess each complaint individually; the level of additional response varies.

 

Some complaints result in community investigations, during which we sample the air near an oil and gas site. These investigations range in complexity and number of samples collected based on several factors, including the severity of the health concerns and the number of reports. The goal of our investigations is to understand potential risk to public health by measuring levels of potentially hazardous chemicals in communities near oil and gas operations. After collecting samples, we compare the values we measured to appropriate state and federal health-based guidelines. 

 

Our community investigations help us understand potential health risks. Currently, there are no rules that limit the level of these chemicals in the air in a community, so these investigations do not result in violations and fines. 

 

Reports from ongoing and completed oil and gas health concern investigations in Colorado communities are available below.

 
Boulder County
Dolores/Montezuma County
​Mesa County
Weld County
 
Contact
Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Program 
4300 Cherry Creek Dr. S 
Denver, CO 80246 
303-389-1687 
cdphe_oghealth@state.co.us