Colorado oil and gas agency releases water-quality data

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Denver Business Journal by Cathy Proctor, Reporter – October 15, 2012

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Monday it is opening up its data on the results of water-quality tests taken near drilling sites.

The COGCC, the agency that oversees the state’s multibillion-dollar oil and gas industry, has required water-quality testing in some locations for years, and is contemplating requiring oil and gas companies to conduct testing wherever they drill statewide.

The newly public data covers results of samples from 450 wells or other locations, such as springs, that have been tested since the start of 2011, the COGCC said.

Additional sampling data from thousands of samples taken over many previous years will be added over the next several months, the agency said.

The data are available from the COGCC’s website by clicking here; go to the end of this report for details.

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