The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), a division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), regulates oil and gas activities in Colorado according to the Oil and Gas Conservation Act. The COGCC has broad statutory authority with respect to impacts on any air, water, soil, or biological resources resulting from oil and gas operations. The COGCC implements the state ground water standards and classifications as they relate to oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) activities. The COGCC has jurisdiction for all Class II injection wells except those on Indian lands. The COGCC has jurisdiction for the management of all E&P wastes except at commercial disposal facilities. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) administers the environmental protection laws related to air quality, waste discharge to surface water, and commercial disposal facilities. (Source: Drilling Waste Management Information System)

What are the 350 foot setbacks based on? Is it because that’s a safe distance for health reasons?

Click here to hear Tom Kerr (Acting Director of the COGCC) answer that question.

RESOURCES:
COGCC Completed Rules revised Nov 2011

The 10 Field Inspectors that cover the over 40,000 wells in Colorado