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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is responsible for ensuring that the state's oil and gas resources are developed efficiently, and in a manner that prevents waste and protects the legal rights of mineral owners. Equally important, we are charged with protecting public health and welfare, the environment and wildlife from the impacts that accompany development and production of these vital resources.
In recent years, the commission's regulations have evolved to keep pace with technological advances that have revolutionized oil and gas development in Colorado and across the nation. Fundamental changes began in 2007, when the legislature revised the make-up of the commission to add commissioners with education, training, or experience in environmental or wildlife protection, soil conservation and agricultural production. In addition, two commissioners must be from the West Slope, one must be a local government
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