University of Colorado at Boulder
BMP of Oil and Gas Development

Water Quality

Impacts of oil and gas development on water quality are a concern across the Intermountain West. Of particular concern are: storm water runoff from construction activities, pollution from pits, hydraulic fracturing, and use and disposal of CBM produced water. The following resources provide an introduction to the problems and best practices for each of these issues.

For a complete overview of the Clean Water Act, as it addresses these issues visit the Red Lodge Clearinghouse.

Protecting Water Quality

Protecting surface and ground water, including drinking water sources.

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Unconventional Development

Water quality issues for hydraulic fracturing and coalbed methane.

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Comparative Legal Database

Compare water quality regulations across the U.S.

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State by State Resources

Links to state-specific information on water quality.

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Last substantive additions to Water Quality pages: 05/12/2017
Last minor updates: 05/12/2017