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Energy Development
Every step of energy development is highly regulated by state and federal agencies. Colorado has some of the most comprehensive and stringent regulations in the country. To learn more about oil and natural gas regulations in Colorado, visit the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website.

  • Local aquifers are relatively close to the surface (450 to 700 feet deep) and are separated by well over a mile of impermeable rock from the depth where hydraulic fracturing occurs (approximately 7,000 to 8,000 feet).
  • Three out of four homes in the state of Colorado are heated by natural gas, nearly all of which is produced locally.
  • The oil and natural gas industry supports more than 110,000 jobs in Colorado and provides almost $30 billion dollars in revenue to Colorado’s economy. (Source: University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business).
  • Tax revenues from oil and natural gas development benefit public schools, law enforcement, first responders, roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing is a technology that has been safely used for the last 60 years in the state of Colorado. This technology has evolved and is continuously refined to be even more safe, efficient and effective today.

Additional Fracturing Resources

FracFocus - Hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website.

Hydraulic Fracturing Information - Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission information regarding hydraulic fracturing. - Brought to you by Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Additional Oil & Gas Industry Resources

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Energy in Depth - Energy In Depth (EID) is a research, education and public outreach campaign focused on getting the facts out about the promise and potential of responsibly developing America’s onshore energy resource base – especially abundant sources of oil and natural gas from shale and other “tight” formations across the country.

Oil & Natural Gas in Colorado

University of Colorado Law School - Links to Colorado statutes, regulations, guidelines and policies related to oil and gas surface operations.