Colorado’s strict oil and gas environmental regulations are among the toughest in the country.

Over the last decade, Colorado’s oil and natural gas industry has undergone 15 rulemakings in the last nine years to ensure our regulations are up-to-date with the latest technological innovations.

Our first-in-the-nation regulations include groundwater testing and monitoring, setbacks from buildings, installing noise barriers during drilling operations, and re-routing or reducing truck traffic away from communities.

Check out this video to see how Colorado’s strict regulations promote responsible oil and natural gas development across our state:

Colorado’s lakes, reservoirs, and streams make our state beautiful—and more importantly, nourish our wildlife and supply our communities with water. When it comes to protecting our water, stringent regulations keep Colorado’s water clean while ensuring we can still responsibly access our state’s vast energy resources. Furthermore, Colorado’s stringent regulations mean our state’s 23 million acres of public land remain protected and free for Coloradans to enjoy.

In fact, scientists and researchers from governmental organizations, universities, and nonprofits confirm that fracking does not contaminate groundwater. Numerous independent studies have been published showing time and again showing that fracking does not contaminate groundwater.


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Restoring Our Land

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