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. Law and Policy pages provide summaries and links to federal, Indian, state and local law within the five-state region. A comparative law database (LawAtlas) compares law and regulation in oil and gas development areas across the country (

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 periodically holds workshops on BMP topics. The programs are generally free and open to the public. See for information on past programs and upcoming events

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Wolf Law

In Colorado

  • Boulder
  • Rifle

Outside Colorado

  • Vernal, Utah, United States
  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Bogota, Colombia

Online Resource

Program Partners

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program
  • Many companies, environmental groups and state agencies
  • Miller, Agro & Robbins, LLC
  • Public Health Law Research
  • Research Partnership to Secure Energy For America
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • 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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