Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project

Program Contact

Shaun LaBarre

The Intermountain Oil and Gas Best Management Practices Project database and website were created as a project of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School. The Project is maintained through grants and in conjunction with the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and the School of Public Health.

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 (; choose a topic/Environmental Health).

The 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.

See the project’s Memorandum of Understanding webpage for resources on Local Government – Operator MOUs at

See the Source Water Protection Guide for resources on drinking water protection at –

  • Program Activity


    Online Resource



    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • School of Law

  • Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
  • Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment

Program Partners

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colorado Energy Office
  • Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program
  • 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
  • Many companies, environmental groups and state agencies

Audiences Served

  • Business
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Urban Communities
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)