Natural Resources Law Center Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project is sponsoring the following workshop in conjunction with the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center:
Monitoring and Protecting Groundwater During Oil and Gas Development
November 26, 2012
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) recently initiated a rule making process to develop new, statewide regulations for baseline sampling and monitoring of groundwater near new oil and gas wells. COGCC’s first rule making hearing was held November 14; the rule is expected to be finalized December 10. This workshop discussed oil and gas development procedures that can impact groundwater, the current rules that protect groundwater, those being proposed by COGCC, and other options.
View the final agenda for the workshop.
These presentations can be heard via an mp3 recording.
COGCC Rulemaking Hearing
COGCC’s first rule making hearing was held November 14; the rule is expected to be finalized December 10.
The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado, on its
own motion, will consider additions and amendments to the Rule 600 Series
The Commission, through numerous orders, rules and conditions of approval,
has required water well sampling and monitoring for many years throughout
various parts of the State. The proposed water sampling rule would establish
sampling and monitoring requirements on a state-wide basis. The proposed
rule will eventually supersede other Commission water sampling rules and
orders, with the exception of Rule 608 concerning sampling in coalbed
For Further Information
Information webpage: Statewide Water Sampling and Montoring Rulemaking (10/16/2012)
Colorado Hydraulic Fracturing State Review (Oct. 2011), by the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER)
Rules and Proposed Rules from Other Jurisdictions
Recommended Practices for Pre-Drill Water Supply Surveys, Marcellus Shale Coalition
Longmont Ordinance O-2012-25 Oil and Gas Regulations (See especially section w. (Special Development Standards), part x. (Water Quality Testing and Monitoring))
Boulder County Draft Oil and Gas Regulations (See Attachment A.1 Development Plan Review for Oil and Gas Operations)
Sampling parameters, information provided by GatewayEnterprises/John Huntington, Ph.D.
Monitoring Water Quality in Areas of Natural Gas Development: A Guide For Water Well Owners (Comments Draf)t, available on the CWERC website.
Unconventional Oil and Gas Development: Key Environmental and Public Health Requirements, United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Updated Trend and Data Analysis, San Juan Basin Water Quality Analysis Project, San Juan, Colorado
This workshop was cosponsored by the Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project and the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center with financial support from the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Project and the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee