Oil and Gas Information

Oil & Gas Information

Oil & Gas Facility Regulations

On September 3, 2019, the Board of County Commissioners approved new oil and gas regulations. View the Development Standards and Regulations manual as well as these documents:

Comments, questions, and feedback regarding these regulations can be submitted to Greg Dean, Oil & Gas Liaison, via email at gdean@adcogov.org or phone at 720.523.6891.

2021 Oil & Gas Text Amendments

Based on Adams County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) direction, we will be conducting amendments to the county's oil and gas regulations for alignment with new state regulations from the COGCC and AQCC. This process will begin in February 2021 and go through the spring and early summer. If you or your group are interested in participating or would like to be kept informed throughout this process, please request to be added to the contact list by emailing Greg Dean, the Oil & Gas Liaison.   

The first stakeholder meetings were held February 18-23, 2021 for various stakeholder groups.  These public meetings were general in nature and the objectives were to obtain and solict input, comments and feedback prior to Staff presenting its proposals and recommendations to the BoCC and Planning Commission.  Topics discussed at these meetings included the proposed timeline for the process, application submittal requirements, evaluation criteria, and setback among others items. More information can be found in Staff's presentation.

The first draft of the proposed regulation amendments are open for public comment until April 28, 2021.  The draft redlines and development application guide can be found here.  The proposed redlines are based on the direction the BoCC provided and their tentative support of Staff's proposals during the March 16, 2021 Study Session.  Staff will be holding public stakeholder meetings to solicit feedback, comments and questions on the draft oil and gas regulations.  These meetings will be held via Zoom on Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm and Tuesday April 27, 2021 from 5:30-6:30pm.  Details about the meeting and Zoom links are available in this invitation letter  Last Updated 04/13/2021

Planned Workover Rig Activity

Workover rigs are mobile rigs used mainly to perform remedial operations such as routine maintenance and plugging and abandonment. This type of equipment is not the same as larger rigs often used to drill new horizontal wellbores. These operations are generally allowed under COGCC and County rules and typically occurs during daylight hours only and for short time durations. An updated list of workover rig activity can be found in the report here. Should you have any questions, please reach out to the County Oil & Gas Liaison via the contact information below. Last updated: 04/15/2021.

Ivey LC Pad Information

The Ivey LC Pad is an oil and gas facility operated by Great Western in western unincorporated Adams County. The Board of County Commissioners held a public monitoring update meeting regarding this facility on January 5, 2021. Staff’s presentation can be viewed here. This summary letter is a follow-up by County staff, intended to provide more detailed information regarding specific questions and comments raised during that update meeting pertaining to air emissions monitoring, operational standards in effect at the Ivey site, and mud usage/odor concerns. For additional information regarding the CDPHE's air monitoring at Ivey please visit their Oil & Gas Health Page. The Operator is currently drilling with one active drilling rig and one workover rig on site.  Drilling is tentatively scheduled to be complete near the end of April, 2021 in preparation for completion (hydraulic fracturing) operations.   

The Operator has also revised the Emergency Response Plan to incorporate notification protocols for any school within 2,000 feet of all oil and gas location in the County to all applicable emergency personnel in the unlikely event of an emergency. Additionally, Silver Creek Elementary and Little Lights Academy have been added to the North Metro Fire Protection District's CodeRED notification system. Residents can also signup for the CodeRED alert system for all types of incidents, including hazardous materious emergency, severe weather, and other threats via the North Metro Fire District webpage. Last updated 04/07/2021.

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 regularly submits public comments on oil and gas related applications and rulemakings at the State-level and within other municipalities aimed at addressing and mitigating potential land use impacts to public health and safety, welfare, the environment and wildlife resources. The county has commented on the following proposals since October 2019:

  • City of Aurora: MCC 3-66 25-27 Pad
  • City of Brighton: Prairie LE Pad, Pioneer Produced Water Pipeline
  • City of Commerce City: Condor Pad, Blue Jay Pad, Owl Pad, Falcon Pad
  • COGCC: Flowline Rulemaking, Ivey LC Pad, Gus LD Pad, Freedom 33 Pad (Weld County), Prairie LE Pad, Wellbore Integrity Rulemaking, MCC 3-66 Pad, Mission Change Rulemaking, Conner Pad, Ivey LC Pad Air Monitoring Plan, Financial Assurance Informational Docket
  • Others: Air Quality Control Commision Rulemaking

Mineral rights determinations is a complex matter in Colorado because there can be difference between ownership of surface rights and ownership of minerals (oil and gas) beneath a property. SB19-181 has expanded certain mineral owners right's regarding forced pooling and non-consenting party requests. Spacing, pooling, and royalities are all regulated by the COGCC and not Adams County. Additional information regarding mineral rights and forced pooling is available by visiting the COGCC website.  

Adams County Oil Production & Activity

Adams County Oil & Gas Inspection Program

Pursuant to CRS 34-60-106(15), in 2016, the Adams County Board of County Commissioners entered into an agreement with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to foster a predictable and consistent regulatory framework for industry through the non-exclusive assignment of the Commission’s oil and gas operations inspection function to Adams County. Under this agreement, the inspector position is funded by the county and is inspecting on behalf of both agencies.

Adams County implemented a new oil and gas inspection fee on January 1, 2020, to cover the costs associated with the annual oil and gas inspection program aimed at ensuring compliance with local regulations under new authority to assess local inspection fees granted by SB-181. To learn more about the new oil and gas inspection fee, please read the frequently asked questions. An updated list of recent oil and gas inspections can be found in the Weekly Oil and Gas Activity Report.

The Oil & Gas Inspectors are responsible for field inspections, complaint response, and compliance oversight of state and county regulations. Enforcement of state regulations remains under the purview of the COGCC while enforcement of local land use regulations is carried out by the county.

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 spills such as soil staining;
  • Proper positioning of valves and hatches.
  • Stormwater and sediment controls, along with vehicle tracking and condition of access roads; and
  • Permit-specific conditions of approval.

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 issues 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 on the Orphaned Well Program, please visit the COGCC website here. In addition, the COGCC Interactive Map  has a layer showing the location and current status of orphaned wells. 

Frequently Asked Questions and Information

Contacts

Comments and questions concerning local oil and gas permits and regulations should be sent to the Adams County Oil & Gas Liaison: 

Greg Dean | Email
Oil & Gas Liaison
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6891

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 

 

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)

Complaints

Should you believe you are experiencing non-emergency impacts from noise, light, odor, dust, or mud tracking on roads that may be associated with oil and gas operations please reach out to Keith Huck, Senior Oil & Gas Inspector via the contact information below. Should this impact occur after normal business hours please contact Greg Dean, Oil & Gas Liaison, by e-mail or phone. Additionally, you may file a state complaint regarding noise, light, odor, and dust with the COGCC via their Online Complaint Portal. If you have a health related complaint, you can file such with the CDPHE via their Report Your Concern portal.

Keith Huck Email
Senior Oil & Gas Inspector 
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.766.4175

Greg Dean Email
Oil & Gas Liaison
Community & Economic Development Department
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
Brighton, CO 80601
Ph: 720.523.6891