Office for University Outreach

Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project

Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project

The Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project database and website are maintained as a project of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School. Best Management Practices (BMPs) are mitigation measures applied to areas being developed for oil and gas to promote energy development in an environmentally sensitive manner. The focus of this website is a searchable database addressing surface resources affected by oil and gas development. The database includes both mandatory and voluntary Best Management Practices currently in use or recommended for responsible resource management in the states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The project website includes resource pages on development issues and controversies as well as case studies of industry efforts to minimize environmental impacts. A community page illustrates community-industry efforts to negotiate, rather than litigate the best options for rational development. The Intermountain BMP project helps stakeholders identify appropriate practices for minimizing impacts to surface resources during planning, design, construction, drilling, operations, reclamation, and monitoring. BMP Project resources can also help stakeholders learn to work together to fuel the country's energy requirements and address the economic needs of communities without sacrificing the quality of their environment.

The BMP Project is holding a workshop entitled "Monitoring and Protecting Groundwater during Oil and Gas Development" November 26, 2012 from 1:00 - 5:00. This workshop will discuss oil and gas development procedures that can impact groundwater, the current state regulations that protect groundwater, changes being proposed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and other recommendations. The program is free and open to the public. See for more details on the program.

This is a public program and there is no fee to attend. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Wolf Law

In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Rifle

Outside Colorado

  • Vernal, Utah, United States
  • Kyiv, Ukraine

Online Resource

Program Partners

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program
  • Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation
  • Many companies, environmental groups and state agencies
  • Miller, Agro & Robbins, LLC
  • Research Partnership to Secure Energy For America
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Colorado, Outreach Office

Sponsoring Units

Law, School of

  • Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment

Program Contact

Kathryn Mutz
Intermountain Oil and Gas BMP Project Manager


Topics Program Types Audiences
  • Data Analysis
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Govt./Law/Public Policy
  • Online Resources
  • Workshop
  • Business
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)
  • Urban Communities


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