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Oil and Gas

Weld County is the number one producer of oil and gas in the state with 89% of all crude oil production and 1/3 of all natural gas production in Colorado coming from this county!

Oil well drilling

Please use this page as a resource regarding oil and gas production in Weld County as it contains information regarding oil and gas production, permitting, and regulation in Weld County.

Click here for Weld County’s most recent oil and gas update.

Weld County Oil and Gas Regulations
City/Town Permitting

Incorporated municipalities may require land use permitting of oil & gas operators and have site specific or jurisdiction specific requirements.  Questions or complaints related to current or planned oil & gas operations within municipalities should be directed to the operator or municipality.

County Permitting & WOGLA

County location assessments are required for new oil & gas locations in unincorporated Weld County. A Weld Oil and Gas Location Assessment (WOGLA) is required of operators prior to their construction of improvements related to oil and gas exploration and production and prior to the issuance of building permits. This process includes notice to nearby homeowners and municipalities.

Further, Weld County requires tank batteries and associated equipment and meter skids or meter houses to be permitted. Oil and gas producers are required to submit a specific Oil & Gas Permit application which details the number and type of equipment included in the tank battery or metering site and the name(s) of the oil & gas well(s) being supported by the equipment. These permit applications are reviewed for compliance to current zoning regulations, which include minimum setback and zone district requirements and whether the site is located within a flood plain area.  The fees associated with these permits are included in the Building Fee Schedule.

For more information about building permits, please see the oil and gas section of the Weld County building page.

State Permitting

The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC permits oil & gas locations. An Oil and Gas Location Assessment (Form 2A) is one of two permits an operator must obtain prior to drilling a well. The Form 2A permit review is focused on the surface impacts of a proposed location, whereas the Application for Permit-to-Drill (Form 2) addresses “down-hole” or subsurface issues. These processes involve a notice to nearby homeowners and a public comment process. Pending and recently approved permits are posted on the Colorado Oil & Gas Commission (COGCC) website.

Submitting Complaints

Troy Swain is the Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison and Local Government Designee (LGD). A person in this role has the primary responsibility of public outreach, which includes providing oil and gas information to residents and being a technical resource and liaison for various stakeholders.

Previously, Swain worked for PDC Energy, Inc. and both the state and county public health departments.

If you have a complaint, concern or question about oil and gas facilities in Weld County, Troy can help. He is knowledgeable about the industry and can help get your the information you need.

Information on Hydraulic Fracturing

More information on Hydraulic Fracturing can be found on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Hydraulic Fracturing Brochure.

Oil and Gas FAQ
  • What is an oil and gas liaison?

Troy Swain is the Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison and Local Government Designee (LGD). A person in this role has the primary responsibility of public outreach, which includes providing oil and gas information to residents and being a technical resource and liaison for various stakeholders.

Previously, Swain worked for PDC Energy, Inc. and both the state and county public health departments.

  • Are oil and gas operations safe? 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has completed a review of the health effects associated with oil and gas activity. The review concluded the risk of health issues from oil and gas activity is low.

  • Who are the top oil and gas producers in Weld County?

The top producers/operators, in order of production:

1. Anadarko/Kerr McGee Onshore LLC

2. Noble Energy INC

3. PDC Energy INC

4. Extraction Oil & Gas LLC

5. Bonanza Creek Energy Operating Co LLC

6. Encana Oil and Gas Corporation

7. Great Western Operating Company LLC

8. Bayswater Exploration and Production

9. Synergy Resources Corporation

10. Crestone Peak Resources Operating LLC

11. Carrizo Niobrara LLC

  • How do I know which producer is operating the rig near me?

Please contact Troy E. Swain, Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison and Local Government Designee

1555 N. 17th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631

970-400-3579

tswain@weldgov.com

  • How many drilling permits have been issued in Weld County?

As of 2016, 1,704 drilling permits have been issued in Weld County--that's 60% of the total 2835 permits issued through Colorado in 2016!

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Please contact the Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison and Local Government Designee, Troy E Swain, at:
970-400-3579
tswain@weldgov.com

In response to concerns from county residents, the Board of Commissioners has approved a program to make explosive gas monitors available for free to Weld County residents (one per household please). To learn more about this program, please click here.