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Hydraulic fracturing or fracking has been used by the oil and gas industry since the 1940s. The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, managed by the State of Colorado, is a great resource for detailed information about fracking, why it’s done, how it’s regulated and more. Visit the following links to learn more: Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing
No. Arapahoe County does not have the authority to ban oil and gas drilling or fracking. Mineral rights associated with oil and gas are property rights.
Arapahoe County is pursuing regulations that address land development (the surface operations for oil and gas). The draft regulations, that will be presented by April of 2020, aim to protect quality of life, public health, safety and welfare for county residents. The County does not have the authority to regulate the composition of fracking fluid or prohibit fracking operations.
Oil and gas drilling permits are issued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The County also requires a “Use by Special Review” land use permit or an Administrative Energy Use by Special Review land use permit.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission may be able to provide you with more information about your rights as a property/mineral rights owner. In addition, you may want to contact a real estate attorney that specializes in this subject matter. To locate an attorney in your area, call the Colorado Bar Association at 303-860-1115 or visit https://www.cobar.org.
The County recording division also is a good resource to obtain lease documentation for your specific property.
For information on state drilling and fracking regulations, contact the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at 303-894-2100 or online at http://cogcc.state.co.us/ For information about Oil and Gas operations in Arapahoe County visit www.arapahoegov.com/oilandgas. For additional resources refer to the following list:
It's called a Flare. Flares are always on, like the pilot light on your water heater, so that if excess gas comes up, it is burned at the flare, releasing CO2 and water vapor. Flares are a safety feature.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has regulatory power over oil and gas operations. Colorado Senate Bill 181 was passed in April of 2019 allowing local governments more control over the surface impacts. In late 2019, the County began a public feedback process to draft new regulations that, if approved, will be adopted to the Land Development Code. This process is expected to be complete around May of 2020. Visit www.apapahoegov.com/oilandgas for updates on the process.
The state health department (CDPHE) regulates air emissions from oil and gas facilities.
STATE: Visit this link on the state's page http://cogcc.state.co.us/permits.html#/permits and use the drop down menus to choose Arapahoe County. Once you hit "Go," a list of current permit applications will appear. To comment on a case, click on the document number in the far left column and a form will open for you to enter comments.
COUNTY: Visit the current planning cases map to identify the project near you. Click on the project and a pop window will identify the appropriate staff member to contact for more information on the case.
If you live within ½ mile of a new oil and gas operation, your water well can be sampled at no expense to you. Call the County at 720-874-6650 for more information about this.
Most water well concerns (color, odor, or suspected contamination) are caused by lack of recent disinfection. For questions about water quality, contact Tri-County Health Department https://www.tchd.org/717/Water-Testing
To date, there are no directional wells that extend under neighborhoods in unincorporated Arapahoe County. Horizontal wells are only 5 to 7 inches in diameter and have cement and steel casings that support the production tubing. At depths of over 7,000 feet below the surface, the dense rock structure above can fully support a minimal void of this size.
The regulated distance from an oil and gas well location to residences or community buildings. It is measured from the center of the well to the nearest wall of the residence or other building. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) requires a 500-foot setback from most buildings, and 1,000 feet from schools and high-occupancy buildings.
The water level in your domestic well is impacted by increased land development - more homes being built and drawing upon the aquifers.