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Oil and Gas

Weld County is the number one producer of oil and gas in the State.  89% of all crude oil production and 1/3 of all natural gas production in Colorado comes from Weld County!

Oil well drilling

Please use this page as a resource regarding oil and gas production in Weld County.  It contains information regarding oil and gas wells, pipelines, application processes, and many other items.


Weld Oil and Gas Location Assessment (WOGLA)

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.

WOGLA Application

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.

Weld Oil and Gas Location Assessment for Pipeline (LAP)
A Location Assessment for PIPELINE - NATURAL GAS or PIPELINE - PETROLEUM PRODUCTS OTHER THAN NATURAL GAS (LAP) requires additional consideration to ensure the pipeline is developed in a manner that complies with various standards set forth in Division 11 of the Weld County Code.  The LAP is designed to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the present and future residents of the County.  A LAP is required for the location or construction of a pipeline 12 inches in diameter or greater in all zone districts.  

LAP Application
Additional Property Owners List
Municipality 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.

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.

Hydraulic Fracturing

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

Questions and Concerns
Jason Maxey is the Weld County Oil and Gas Specialist and Local Government Designee (LGD). One of the primary responsibilities of this role is public outreach, which includes providing oil and gas information to residents and being a technical resource and liaison for various stakeholders. If you have a question or concern about oil and gas facilities in Weld County, Jason can help. He is knowledgeable about the industry and can help get you the information you need.
Oil and Gas FAQ
  • What is an oil and gas liaison?

Jason Maxey is the Weld County Oil and Gas Specialist and Local Government Designee (LGD). One of the primary responsibilities of this role is public outreach, which includes providing oil and gas information to residents and being a technical resource and liaison for various stakeholders.  More information about the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC) LGD Program can be found here.

  • Are oil and gas operations safe? 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) 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 oil and gas operators in Weld County?

Weld County has multiple oil and gas operators.  These companies range from very large entities who handle thousands of wells to smaller companies that may only operate a handful of wells.  The link below lists the oil and gas operators in Weld County along with contact information for each operator.  

Operator Contact Page

 

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

Please contact Jason Maxey, Weld County Oil and Gas Liaison and Local Government Designee

1555 N. 17th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631

970-400-6100

jmaxey@weldgov.com

  • Why wasn't I notified about an oil and gas facility that is being developed close to my property?

The Weld County Oil and Gas Location Assessment (WOGLA) process dictates that notice of a proposed oil and gas location be sent out to all building unit owners (residences) within 1,000 feet of the location. If your house is outside the 1,000 foot notification zone, you will not receive a notice of the planned development. Please see the link above under Weld County Oil & Gas Regulations to read more about the WOGLA process, including notification requirements.

  • Drilling Permits in Weld County

The COGCC's daily activity dashboard (DAD) is a great resource to utilize when looking for information relating to pending and approved permits.  The dashboard can be accessed here.


  • How many WOGLAs have been approved in Weld County?

The WOGLA process began February 1, 2017.  Since that time, over 300 applications have been approved.  


 

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Please contact the Weld County Oil and Gas Specialist and Local Government Designee, Jason Maxey, at:
970-400-3579
jmaxey@weldgov.com