Oil & Gas - Water Quality, Permitting, Design, & Construction Map

Before an oil and gas well can be drilled, a permit must be acquired. This map charts regulations that apply to the permitting, designing, and planning phases of oil and gas development. The regulations examined address well site planning and permitting requirements that impact action before any dirt has been moved. The map compares regulations for baseline water source testing requirements; siting restrictions of wells, pits, tanks, and injection wells; filing storm water and erosion mitigation plans and reclamation plans. It also compares who oil and gas operators must notify as part of the permitting process.

This page displays laws in effect through April 30, 2014. To explore the variation in these laws click the "Start Here" button below. 

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If you have questions, corrections, or additions, please contact Matt Samelson at oilandgasbmps@colorado.edu.

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Did you know?

Laws in five of the 13 states examined here require some kind of baseline water testing before drilling oil or gas wells begins.

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Map Legend: State Included in research. Not included in research.