This page provides links to websites of project partners and to other sites that provide information on best management practices for oil and gas development in the Intermountain West.
Argonne National Laboratory is one of the US Department of Energy’s national laboratories for science and engineering research. Argonne's mission is to apply a unique mix of world-class science, engineering and user facilities to deliver innovative research and technologies. Research at Argonne centers around three principal areas: energy, biological and environmental systems, and national security.
Banko Petroleum Management, Inc. (BPMI) is a consulting firm providing
petroleum engineering, project management, regulatory filing assistance,
and permitting assistance, project site coordination and observation,
land reclamation design, threatened and endangered wildlife studies.
BPMI is capable of managing any and all phases of oil and gas operations
including, but not limited to, well design, drilling, completion and
drilling through well abandonment. BPMI is also knowledgeable in Federal,
State and Local land use and mineral rules and regulations.
British Petroleum is an international energy corporation that is involved
in all aspects of oil and gas production including exploration, well
development, production, resource transportation, refining, and selling
to consumers. BP also provides renewable energy options, such as solar
energy, for residential and commercial customers.
The BLM reviews and approves permits and licenses from companies to
explore, develop, and produce oil and gas and geothermal resources on
both Federal and Indian lands. BLM is also responsible for inspection
and enforcement of oil, gas, and geothermal wells and other development
operations to ensure that lessees and operators comply with the lease
requirements and BLM's regulations. Although the Bureau of Indian Affairs
issues leases on Indian lands, BLM handles the operational approvals
and supervision of operations on these lands.
The BLM BMP website provides basic and technical information on oil
and gas BMPs. The site includes information on split estate development,
copies of the Gold Book, awards for sustainable practices, and links
to other sites.
Federal agencies compile a large amount of statistical information relating to oil and gas leasing on public lands. This page links to charts and spreadsheets with data on Federal oil and gas leases, applications for permits to drill, wells, production, and revenue by Fiscal Year. All the charts are in PDF format with the option to export into a spreadsheet.
The Center for Native Ecosystems is dedicated to conserving and recovering
the native species and ecosystems of the greater southern Rockies region.
The Center for Native Ecosystems values the clean water, fresh air,
healthy communities, sources of food and medicine, and recreational
opportunities provided by native biological diversity. They use the
best available science to forward their mission through participation
in policy, public outreach and organizing, administrative processes,
legal action, and education.
CLUB 20 is the "Voice of the Western Slope". Most Western Slope policy
on key issues originates within one of the several committees. These
committees include Agriculture, Business Affairs, Energy, Health Care,
Higher Education, Natural Resources, Public Lands, Tourism, Telecommunications,
Transportation and Water. This organization of all the communities of
western Colorado has been providing a forum for the discussion of complex
and controversial issues, and representing the interests of the Western
Slope at all levels of government.
The Colorado department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for
the management of the water, land, wildlife, minerals/energy/geology
and outdoor recreation resources of the State. Its mission is to develop,
preserve and enhance Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit and
enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. The Department
of Natural Resources consists of ten divisions. Collectively, they carry
out the Department’s responsibilities for natural resources management,
which includes use or access to some resources, promotion of the development
of select resources, and the protection or preservation of other resources.
Within the Department is the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
(COGCC). See below for more detail on the COGCC.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) includes
several environmental divisions that deal with oil and gas issues: Air
Pollution Control Division, Climate Change, Consumer Protection Division,
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division, Office of Environmental
Integration and Sustainability, and the Water Quality Control Division.
The Division of Wildlife manages the state's 960 wildlife species.
It regulates hunting and fishing activities by issuing licenses and
enforcing regulations. The Division also manages more than 230 wildlife
areas for public recreation, conducts research to improve wildlife management
activities, provides technical assistance to private and other public
landowners concerning wildlife and habitat management, and develops
programs to protect and recover threatened and endangered species.
The primary purposes of the club are to gather and disseminate information
regarding the Colorado mountains in the areas of art, science, literature
and recreation; to furnish facilities for the enjoyment and study of
the mountains by the Club members and the public; and to advocate for
the preservation of the alpine regions.
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) tracks and ranks Colorado's
rare and imperiled species and habitats, and provides information and
expertise on these topics to promote the conservation of Colorado's
valuable biological resources. Data maintained in the Colorado Natural
Heritage Program database are an integral part of ongoing research at
Colorado State University and reflect the observations of many scientists,
institutions and our current state of knowledge. These data are acquired
from various sources, with varying levels of accuracy, and are continually
being updated and revised. CNHP also offers a wide range of related
services including biological monitoring, research, mapping, and conservation
The mission of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
is to promote the responsible development of Colorado's oil and gas
natural resources. The goals of their strategic plan are to promote
the exploration, development and conservation of Colorado's oil and
gas natural resources; prevent and mitigate adverse impacts to public
health, safety, welfare and the environment; and demonstrate balanced
leadership in the regulation and promotion of oil and gas development
in Colorado at the local, state and federal levels.
The mission of the Department is to educate engineers for the worldwide
petroleum industry at the undergraduate and graduate levels, perform
research that enhances the state-of-the-art in petroleum technology,
and to serve the industry and public good through professional societies
and public service. This mission is achieved through proactive leadership
in providing a solid foundation for both the undergraduate and graduate
programs. The program emphasizes integrated and multidisciplinary teamwork
in classroom instruction and in research, and actively pursues interdisciplinary
activities with many other CSM departments, particularly the Earth Science/Engineering
EarthWorks is a non-profit organization that stands for healthy communities,
clean water, and corporate accountability. EarthWorks is dedicated to
protecting communities and the environment from the destruction caused
by mineral development in the United States, and worldwide. It carries
out its mission by working with the communities as well as grassroot
groups to improve corporate practices, reform government policies, influence
investment decisions and encourage responsible material sourcing and
Encana explores and develops unconventional natural gas and is committed to high growth and low cost of its production. Encana is primarily located in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas and Utah.
EnerCrest is a leading oilfield services company supporting the oil,
gas and natural resources industries in the Rocky Mountain region. EnerCrest
focuses operations on three basic principles: service integration, environmental
sustainability and a commitment to safety. EnerCrest service lines help
customers build and maintain the infrastructures associated with a natural
gas drilling field. They are dedicated to minimizing environmental impact,
developing sustainable practices and bettering communities throughout
the life of every project.
Texas A&M University, Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Technology Inc.
and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) formed this integrated
petroleum resource environmental program to integrate advanced technologies
into a drilling rig system that significantly reduces the environmental
impact of petroleum drilling and production. A University/National Laboratories
Alliance has been formed to further this goal.
The Natural Gas STAR Program is a voluntary partnership that encourages
companies across the natural gas and oil industries to adopt cost-effective
technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce
emissions of methane. Natural Gas STAR partners share information on
cost-effective methane emission reduction technologies and practices
via submission of Annual Reports detailing their emission reduction
activities. To promote technology transfer and share industry best practices,
the Natural Gas STAR Program provides information on cost effective
methane emission reduction opportunities through a variety of mediums,
including Lessons Learned Studies, Partner Reported Opportunities (PRO)
Fact Sheets, Technical Presentations, and Partner Update Articles.
The oil and gas work group analyzes emissions mitigation strategies.
This website includes a table of mitigation strategies and links to
documents on mitigation measures.
The Natural Resources Law Center at Colorado Law is now known as the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment and is dedicated to serving the people of the American West, the nation, and the world through creative, interdisciplinary research, bold, inclusive teaching, and innovative problem solving in order to further true sustainability for our lands, waters, and environment. The Getches-Wilkinson Center is building on the successful legacies not only of the NRLC, but also of other existing programs in natural resources, energy, and the environment at Colorado Law.
The LCAOF is dedicated to the survival of wildlife and wildlands and
to the vitality of human communities with which they are inextricably
linked. The Foundation's Red Lodge Clearinghouse project supports on-going
and emerging collaborative initiatives addressing the natural resource
challenges -- including oil and gas development -- confronting Western
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFW&P), through its employees
and citizen commission, provides for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife,
parks, and recreational resources of Montana, while contributing to
the quality of life for present and future generations. MFW&P provides
quality opportunities for public appreciation and enjoyment of fish,
wildlife, and parks resources. The department works to maintain and
enhance the health of Montana's natural environment and the vitality
of our fish, wildlife, cultural, and historic resources through the
21st century. It emphasizes education, communication, and responsible
behavior to afford citizens the opportunity to better understand and
participate in the decision-making process that sustain our natural,
recreational, and cultural resources for future generations.
Montana Wildlife Federation is a non profit organization of conservation
minded people who share a mission to protect and enhance Montana's public
wildlife, lands, waters, and fair chase hunting and fishing heritage.
The Montana Wildlife Federation is dedicated to the preservation of
our natural resources and the public's ability to enjoy these resources,
fish and wildlife sustainability, and public hunting and fishing opportunities.
The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) represent air
pollution control agencies in 53 states and over 165 major metropolitan
areas across the United States. The NACAA was formed over 30 years ago
by local and state air pollution officials increase effectiveness as
managers of air quality programs. Combined, these associations encourage
the exchange of air pollution information to increase cooperation, and
improve efficency among the local, regional and state regulatory agencies.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is included in the Department of Energy‘s national laboratory system. The NETL mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States, with its expertise in coal, natural gas, oil technologies, contract and project management, analysis of energy systems, and international energy issues.
The National Wildlife Federation is a national conservation organization
with several regional centers. The Rocky Mountain Regional Center, located
in Boulder, Colorado, is at the forefront of NWF's efforts to preserve
and protect wildlife on public lands. Its staff, which includes scientists,
attorneys, policy specialists and educators, works to safeguard and
strengthen protection for the wildlife and wild places of the American
West. The NWF maintains a website, Our Public Lands, providing information
regarding threats to America’s public land and how elected officials
are voting on public lands legislation. The website focuses on oil and
gas drilling, public lands sales, hardrock mining, protecting wildlife
habitat and migration corridors and protecting our recreation opportunities
on public lands. Created by National Wildlife Federation™, this website
provides information on public lands issues of both national and state
The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard
the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems
on which all life depends. They work to restore the integrity of the
elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered
natural places. They strive to protect nature in ways that advance the
long-term welfare of present and future generations. NRDC works to foster
the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that
affect their environment. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a
new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely
without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals
and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth
by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature
Conservancy has developed a strategic, science-based planning process,
called Conservation by Design, which helps identify the highest-priority
places—landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure
biodiversity over the long term. The Nature Conservancy has seven priority
conservation initiatives to address the principal threats to conservation
focusing on fire, climate change, freshwater, marine, invasive species,
protected areas and forests.
New Mexico Game and Fish dedicated to informing people on hunting,
fishing and state parks. It provides rules and regulations for each
of these aspects to help conserve and manage the many species of wildlife
that live in New Mexico, as well as the habitat they live in. New Mexico
Game and Fish also manages the lands and water bodies in New Mexico.
They are strongly involved in educating the state of New Mexico. New
Mexico Game and Fish is determined to execute their plans by enforcing
many of the rules and regulations as laws, resulting in punishment if
The Oil Conservation Division regulates oil, gas and geothermal activity
in New Mexico. They gather oil and gas well production data; permit
new oil, gas and injection wells; enforce the division's rules and the
state's oil and gas statutes; and ensure that abandoned wells are properly
plugged and that the land is responsibly restored. The New Mexico Oil
Conservation Division’s mission is to assure the protection, conservation,
management and responsible development of oil, gas and associated natural
resources through professional, dynamic regulation and advocacy for
the ultimate benefit of New Mexico.
The Oil and Gas Accountability Project BMP website provides information
on BMPs for the drilling and completion phase and the production phase
Questar is a natural gas-focused energy company with three lines of business — retail gas distribution; interstate gas transportation and storage; and gas development and production. Questar provides retail natural gas services in Utah, southwestern Wyoming, and small part of Idaho.
Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America is a multi-purpose entity established to facilitate a cooperative effort to identify and develop new methods and integrated systems for exploring, producing, and transporting-to-market energy or other derivative products from ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas and other petroleum resources, and to ensure that small producers continue to have access to the technical and knowledge resources necessary to continue their important contribution to energy production in the U.S.
Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action is a group dedicated to protecting
clean air for healthy children and healthy communities in Colorado and
the surrounding region. In 2008 they merged with WildEarth Guardians,
whose mission is to protect wildlife, wild habitats, and wild rivers
across the American West.
The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is an educational organization dedicated to providing scholarly research of the laws and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources. The goals of the Foundation are to foster and encourage a scholarly and yet practical study of the law and applicable regulations relating to oil and gas, mining, water, public land management, land use, conservation, environmental protection, and other related areas.
The Wilderness Societies goal is to speak for the wilderness, and for
the people, communities, wild animals and plants that depend on wilderness
for survival. To achieve their goal they provide scientific, economic,
legal and policy guidance to land managers, communities, local conservation
groups and state and federal decision-makers. In doing so, the wilderness
society can ensure the best management of their lands – national forests,
parks and refuges, as well as public lands managed by the Bureau of
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) is a non-profit
corporation that works to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing.
By building consensus among individual and organizational partners TRCP
work’s to advance policy solutions on natural resource management issues
of common concern. The positive results of their efforts are many and
growing. TRCP is dedicated to the foresighted stewardship of America’s
landscape, helping to expand fish and wildlife habitat and increasing
public access to quality hunting and fishing.
As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. The University strives to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University and the Law School support the BMP project through an Outreach Grant and student fellowships.
The Upper Green River Valley Coalition is a group of citizens, sportsmen, businesses and conservation organizations dedicated to responsible, sustainable management of the wildlife, waters and air quality of Wyoming's Upper Green. Their mission is to ensure energy extraction is balanced with the valley’s supreme natural values.
The mission of the United States Department of Energy is to provide energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence. This federal government agency website offers a multitude of information concerning energy research, energy sources, the environment, national security, and safety and health.
The Forest Service’s mission is to lead in the conservation and wise use of the nation’s forests and grasslands. To carry out this mission, the US Forest Service is organized into three areas: the National Forest System, Research, and State and Private Forestry. Each National Forest and Grassland is governed by a management plan in accordance with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA). These plans set management, protection, and use goals and guidelines. Monitoring conditions on a Forest or Grassland ensures projects follow plan direction and determines effects that might require management change.
The Utah Oil and Gas Program within the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining promotes the exploration, development and conservation of oil and gas resources; fosters a fair economic return to the general public for those resources; and maintains sound, regulatory oversight to ensure environmentally acceptable activities. This section of the website provides statistics for drilling, production, and wells in Utah.
The Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO) coordinates the
state's interests on public lands issues and acts to ensure that state
and local interests are considered in the management of public lands.
PLPCO's other main responsibility is, in cooperation with the Division
of State History, to ensure that surveys and excavations of the state's
archaeological and anthropological resources are undertaken in a coordinated,
professional, and organized manner, through administration of the state
archaeological survey and excavation permitting system.
Western Colorado Congress (WCC) is a grassroots, democratic organization
created in response to threats to their local communities - coal and
molybdenum mining, oil shale development, and plans for powerlines.
WCC is dedicated to challenging injustice by organizing people to increase
their power over decisions that affect their lives. WCC's community
groups and members work together to create healthy, sustainable communities,
social and economic justice, environmental stewardship and a truly democratic
The Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) is a collaborative effort
of state governments, federal agencies and tribal governments to develop
technical policies and tools for the western states to use to comply
with the Environmental Protection Agencies haze regulations. This is
a partnership whose activities are conducted by members and shareholders
with a wide variety of perspectives and know that the best way to improve
air visibility is through local, regional and state public participation.
Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is a non-profit environmental
law and policy organization. WRAs’ mission is to protect the West’s
land, air, and water. Our lawyers, scientists, and economists work to
advance clean energy to reduce pollution and global climate change,
promote urban water conservation and river restoration, and defend special
public lands from energy development and unauthorized off-road vehicle
travel. We collaborate with other conservation groups, hunters and fishermen,
ranchers, American Indians, and others to ensure a sustainable future
for the West.
The William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources
is a center at the University of Wyoming. It is a partnership among
UW faculty and students; a prominent advisory board composed of leaders
from business, industry, environmental organizations, education and
government; and the resources and outreach activities of the University.
The Institute's mission is to advance effective decision-making on environmental
and natural resource issues through research, policy analysis, education,
process support, and proactive outreach.
Williams primarily develops, produces and explores for natural gas
reserves in the western and central United States. Their specialty is
extracting natural gas from non-conventional tight sands and coalbed
methane formations. The natural gas is gathered and delivered to processing
plants and then travels though the various segments of the supply chain,
ultimately to homes and businesses. Williams works in many basins in
the West including the Piceance, Powder River, San Juan, Denver-Julesberg
Wyoming Game and Fish Department is dedicated to informing people on
hunting, fishing, boating, wildlife and habitat. It provides rules and
regulations for each of these aspects to help conserve and manage the
many species of wildlife that live in Wyoming, as well as the habitat
they live in. Wyoming Game and Fish Department also manages the lands
and water bodies. They are strongly involved in educating the state
of Wyoming to ensure a beautiful promising landscape for future generations.
Administered jointly by the College of Agriculture and the School of
Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming, scientists at the Wyoming
Reclamation and Restoration Center facilitate restoration programs for
students, conduct research on disturbed lands, and also do outreach