How Colorado detects and reduces leaks

Colorado has the most comprehensive leak detection and repair program for oil and natural gas production in the country. Here are just some of the ways leaks are minimized:

  • Infrared (IR) cameras, which allow regulators and companies to see emissions and leaks invisible to the naked eye.
  • Companies also make use of the most technically-advanced monitoring equipment, including, but not limited to: vapor recovery, enclosed thermal oxidizers, multiple stage separation, lean-burn combustion technology, and solar-powered equipment.
  • Comprehensive record keeping and monthly inspections at large facilities.


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