Source Water Protection in Oil and Gas Development

Program Contact

Shaun LaBarre

shaun.labarre@colorado.edu

The overall project goal of the Source Water Protection in Oil and Gas Development project is to work with partners to develop and provide stakeholders, including the public, local officials, water providers, and industry, with the information they need to protect source water areas while facilitating sustainable development of oil and gas resources. “Source Water” is the state term for water supplies that are for domestic use.

Project partners worked with communities, the Colorado Rural Water Association, and state and local advisors to understand what laws, regulations and practices are currently used or could be used to protect source water. The project prepared educational materials on source water protection that can be used by communities (in planning processes), and used by the general public, state and local lawmakers, and industry (through website materials) to better protect Colorado drinking water sources.

The Source Water Protection Guide (available on-line and in printed version upon request) includes: 1) potential threats to source water from oil and gas development, 2) explanation of state and local regulations that address these threats, 3) best management practices (bmps) to protect water supplies, and 4) examples of how different water providers near oil and gas development are protecting their water supplies.

  • Program Activity

    Location

    In Colorado

    Denver

    Dates

    Ongoing

  • Program Activity

    Location

    Outside Colorado

    Orlando, Florida, USA

    Dates

    Ongoing

  • Program Activity

    Location

    Online Resource

    Dates

    Ongoing

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Law

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

Program Partners

  • Colorado Rural Water Association
  • Western Resource Advocates
  • Western Environmental Law Partners

Audiences Served

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