Oil and Gas Information

Oil & Gas Information

Traffic Impact Fee Study

The county is requesting your review and feedback on its study identifying the impacts of oil and gas traffic on the county's road network. The Community and Economic Development Department has been working with TischslerBise and Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig, to develop and recommend a traffic impact fee for oil and gas development. On Aug. 9, 16, and 21, the county held three informational meetings to solicit input from the oil and gas industry and county residents on the study. After the public meetings, the consulting team finalized the methodology for the study, including the public input received in August. After carefully analyzing all avaliable data, the team has completed a draft study and preliminary recommendation on impact fees.


The full report is attached below for your review:

Traffic Impact Fee Study


REVISED APRIL 2018 Traffic Impact Study


UPDATE (5/17/2018): The Oil & Gas Road Impact Fees are going to be considered by the Board of County Commissioners in a public hearing on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.


The county welcomes input on the study. Please review and provide comments prior to close of business on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. You can provide comments through email to the following address: cdougherty@adcogov.org or by mail at the following address: 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80601. Christine Dougherty is the Oil and Gas Liaison for Adams County and can also be contacted by phone to answer questions at 720.523.6891.

Adams County Oil & Gas Proposed Regulation Changes

This is a notice for proposed regulation amendments relating to new residential development and existing Oil & Gas infrastructure, and expiration dates for Administrative Use by Special Review Permits. We value your input and would like to provide an opportunity for you to give feedback. All written comments should be submitted prior to close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018 which can be provided through e-mail to the following address: jrutter@adcogov.org or mailed to; Attn: Jen Rutter, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway Brighton, CO 80601.

UPDATE (5/15/2018): In a Study Session on May 1, 2018, the County Commissioners directed staff to continue with stakeholder outreach on the proposed residential construction setbacks from oil and gas wells, flowlines, and tank batteries. I will be in touch over the next month with information about the next steps in that process.

In that same Study Session, staff was directed to move forward with several proposed text amendments that address:

  • Plugged and abandoned oil and gas wells;

  • Expiration and renewal of the Administrative Use by Special Review (AUSR) permit for oil and gas facilities; and

  • Text to incorporate the assessment of oil and gas road impact fees.

These text amendments will be heard in a public hearing before the Planning Commission on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 6 p.m. and the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

The section of Chapter 4 of the Adams County Development Standards and Regulations with the redlined amendments can be found HERE.


Additional Oil & Gas Information

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) governs the permitting and regulation of oil and gas wells throughout the state. Adams County has limited authority when it comes to the oversight of oil and gas operations within unincorporated areas of the county.

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:

  1. AUSR permit process for oil and gas developmentA Special Use Permit (SUP) or
  2. 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.

The county strives to make available timely and accurate information on all types of development within unincorporated areas. In order to better inform the public about oil and gas operations in the unincorporated areas of Adams County, the county provides a Weekly Oil and Gas Activity Report. The data supplied in the activity report is collected primarily from the COGCC. The report includes state and county permit status updates, maps of well pad locations, and information about any reported spills.

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.

The the Oil & Gas Inspector is responsible for field inspections, complaint response, and participates in state and county enforcement of regulations.

When on a well pad, the inspector assesses 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.

Inspections Map

Frequently Asked Questions and Information


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: 

Christine Dougherty | Email
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 South Adams County Parkway
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6891