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 planning services.
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 programs.
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 consumption.
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.
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 communities.
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 significance.
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 Earth.
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 disobeyed.
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 of development.
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 Land Management.
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 Alliance 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 society.
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.
WPX Energy specializes in producing natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil from non-conventional resources such as tight-sands and shale formations, as well as from coalbed methane reserves. WPX is based in Tulsa, Okla., with operations and interests in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, as well as Argentina and Colombia.
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 work.