Oil and Gas Information

Oil & Gas Information

Proposed Oil & Gas Facility Regulations

On Sept. 3, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners approved new oil and gas regulations. Changes to the Development Standards and Regulations for oil and gas facilities (OGF) are:

Comments, questions, and feedback regarding the regulations can be submitted to Katie Keefe, Environmental Program Manager, via email at kkeefe@adcogov.org.

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.

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

Traffic Impact Fee Study

The Community and Economic Development Department worked with TischslerBise and Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig, to develop and recommend a traffic impact fee for oil and gas development which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in a public hearing on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.  

The full report is attached below for your review:

Traffic Impact Study

Orphan Wells

An orphan well is an oil and gas well that no longer has an operator responsible for maintaining it. These sites may result in adverse environmental impacts because no responsible party can be found, or such responsible party is unwilling or unable to mitigate such impacts. These wells and associated sites ultimately become wards of the state.

Former Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order in July 2018 to address the potential safety issue of orphan wells, requiring their disclosure, ranking of priority, and cleanup.

Adams County is home to 21 orphan wells and 12 orphan sites with oil and gas infrastructure; information on these wells has been compiled by County staff and can be found here. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the COGCC website at http://cogcc.state.co.us/reg.html#/enforcement/orphans In addition, the COGCC Interactive Map (https://cogccmap.state.co.us/cogcc_gis_online/) has a layer showing the location and current status of orphan wells.

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: 

Katie Keefe | Email
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6986

For oil and gas leasing, easements, and surface use requests on county-owned property, contact:

Nicci Beauprez | Email
Project Manager - Land & Assets
Facilities & Fleet Management Department
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6060 | Website