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oil and gas forum Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Program
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment introduced a new program to respond to citizens’ concerns about health related to oil and gas activities. The program was created based on the recommendation of the Governors Oil and Gas Task Force

•   What is the oil & gas health information and response program?

A program created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to respond to individual and community health concerns related to oil and gas activities

•   What information is available through the program?

CDPHE’s frequently asked questions page gives basic answers to questions people often ask about health and oil and gas.

CDPHE’s clearinghouse of information provides many more useful resources, including links to published research and other relevant websites.

•   How does the program respond to health concerns?

•   Individuals can report a health concern by: Filing out our self-referral form or calling the CO HELP line at 303-389-1687

•   Staff who are knowledgeable about possible health impacts related to oil and gas will respond to your inquiry

•   Program Physician: Daniel Vigil, MD, MPH

•   Program Toxicologist: Tami McMullin, PhD

•   Program email:

CDPHE also offers a Clearinghouse of Oil and Gas Health Information on their website to address questions and concerns.

Community Counts Colorado
Natural gas industry hotline 1-866-442-9034

Oil and Gas Health Information
and Response Program

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Oil & Gas Task Force final recommendations
Nine recommendations have been approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Task Force as its final recommendations to the Governor. Each recommendation included in the Task Force Recommendations exceeded the two-thirds voting threshold established by the Governor. The final report was submitted to Governor Hickenlooper on February 27th, 2015.
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Mike Sampson

inventory resource Energy Resource Inventory
Garfield County has received the completed Phase I Energy Resource Inventory from TRC Solutions. The Garfield County commissioners will 'test drive' this inventory before considering the design for a Phase II, currently envisioned as a policy development exercise to guide future land use decisions.
Energy Master Plan-|

Energy & Environment Symposium
Garfield County and the Unconventional Energy Center at Colorado Mesa University will host local government representatives in a symposium on education regarding oil and gas extraction April 19-20, 2017, in Rifle.
O & G forum

Mamm Creek gas well Energy Advisory Board Citizen Representative opportunity
Interested in energy issues? The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board is requesting letters of interest from applicants who are interested in serving as a volunteer citizen representative for the Grass Mesa area.
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Hydrocarbon contamination in Parachute
Hydrocarbons at Parachute Creek-|
Weekly status report, September 9 to 15 -|
Map of Hydrocarbon contamination

Garfield County's Oil & Gas Division serves as a liaison between the citizens and the energy industry. The county does not regulate oil and gas drilling, but does serve as the local government designee to the State Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which issues drilling permits. If you are a citizen of Garfield County, and you have questions or concerns about oil and gas operations, please feel free to contact us at 970-625-5915.

You may also contact an energy company directly by calling the industry hotline known as Community Counts at 1-866-442-9034. Click on Community Counts Colorado for more information, including a map of active drilling rig locations, meetings and events.

Please note that well pads are private property, and unauthorized access constitutes trespass. If you need information about activities on a pad, please contact Community Counts Colorado, or our office if you would like us to submit your inquiry for you.

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Energy Advisory Board
The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners formed the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board (EAB) in 2004. Its mission is to provide a forum for the oil and gas industry, the public, impacted landowners and local government to prevent or minimize conflict associated with oil and gas development through positive and proactive communication and actions that encourage responsible and balanced development of these resources within Garfield County.

The EAB investigates citizen complaints, and works with energy companies to facilitate solutions. If we cannot reach a resolution, we may contact the COGCC or other regulatory authorities. Our Oil and Gas Liaison is also responsible for making reports to the Board of County Commissioners, and coordinates with the BLM and other agencies on energy-related issues.

The EAB is currently seeking citizen representatives. Citizen representatives on the EAB are available to hear comments and complaints from residents in their areas. For more information about the EAB, and a map of citizen representation areas and contacts, click here.

The EAB meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm in Rifle.

Oil & gas permitting:
Although Garfield County does not regulate drilling directly, some of our regulations do affect the energy industry. For example, oversized vehicles are subject to permits from the Road & Bridge Department and certain facilities must obtain land use and building permit approvals from the Garfield County Community Development Department. Please contact these departments with any specific questions.

Energy operators:
We are often contacted by people wanting to know what companies operate in Garfield County. Our office is not charged with the responsibility of assisting businesses with marketing, but visitors to our website who want to find out what companies are operating here are encouraged to check the information in Emergency Contacts and Related Links. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission registers oil and gas operators throughout the state. Their website is:

Residence reports:
The 2010 DOLA Employee Residence Reports (ERR's) are due on April 30, 2011. Forms and more information can be found at

Oil and Gas Division
195 West 14th Street, Building D
Rifle, CO 81650

Kirby Wynn
Oil & Gas Liaison
970-625-5905 | phone
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