On March 22, 2016, Adams County approved amendments to the Development Standards and Regulations related to the local approval process for oil and gas development. The current regulations require all oil and gas operators to obtain approval for any new oil and gas facilities on a site-specific basis. There are two options for an operator to obtain County approval of a new oil and gas facility location:
- A Special Use Permit (SUP) or
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and an Administrative Use by Special Review (AUSR) Permit
The Special Use Permit option requires a public hearing before the Board of Adjustment (BOA). In lieu of an SUP, an operator may elect to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the County. Operators who hold MOUs with the County must also receive a site-specific permit in the form of an Administrative Use by Special Review. The Development Standards and Regulations outline the processes for obtaining an SUP, an MOU, and an AUSR permit in detail. Click here to download a larger version of the flow chart at right that depicts the AUSR permit process.
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Adams County Oil & Gas Inspection Program
The inspector position was created when the Adams County Board of Commissioners entered into an agreement with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in an effort to increase public outreach and provide administration of the county’s new oil and gas regulations approved in March 2016. Under this agreement, the inspector position is funded by the county, trained by the COGCC, and is inspecting on behalf of both agencies.
Adam Kraich was hired by the County as the Oil & Gas Inspector in January 2017 and is responsible for field inspections, complaint response, guidance and outreach, and participates in state and county enforcement of regulations.
When on a well pad, Adam inspects for compliance with requirements for:
- Signs and markers on storage tanks and wellheads, in addition to emergency contact information;
- Housekeeping items, such as debris, trash, weeds, and storage;
- Fencing and berming condition, maintenance, type, and location;
- Noise, odor, and signs of soil staining;
- Proper positioning of valves and hatches.
- Fugitive emissions, if suspected, including documentation in the form of FLIR video;
- Stormwater and sediment controls, along with vehicle tracking, and condition of access roads; and
- County USR Permit site-specific conditions of approval.
For a list of the most recent inspections of wells located within unincorporated Adams County, including links to the respective inspection reports, click HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions and Information
- Adams County Oil and Gas Regulations
- Adams County Oil and Gas Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
- Who Has Applied & Where?
- Adams County has executed MOUs with the following operators:
- HRM Resources
- ConocoPhillips Corporation
- Great Western Oil & Gas Company
- Ward Petroleum Corporation
- Extraction Oil and Gas
- PetroShare Corporation
- PDC Energy
- Synergy Resources
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (site specific)
- Edge Energy
- Bison Oil & Gas
- How do I file a complaint?
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has a process for how public complaints related to oil and gas operations are received, processed, and closed
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Contact CDPHE's Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Team at 303.389.1687 or www.colorado.gov/OGhealth.
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Comments and questions concerning state oil and gas permits and regulations should be sent to:
Melissa M. Housey, Oil & Gas Location Assessment Specialist | Email
Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 801
Denver, CO 80203
303.894.2100 (ext. 5194)
Comments and questions concerning local oil and gas permits and regulations should be sent to the Adams County Oil & Gas Liaison:
Chris LaMere | Email
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 South Adams County Parkway
Brighton, CO 80601