Hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracing”) has been used by the natural gas and oil industry since the 1940s.  In Colorado by the 1970’s fracing became a routine completion technique for most wells.  When properly conducted, modern fracing is a safe, sophisticated, highly engineered and controlled procedure.   Because of the public’s interest in and concern about the potential impacts of fracing on public health and the environment, including surface and ground water resources, the COGCC has compiled the documents and links listed below.  We hope that you find this information useful in helping to understand more about fracing: what it is, why it is done, how it is regulated, and how the public and environment are protected. 

COGCC Presentation On Hydraulic Fracturing (05/2011)    A presentation on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado, with a focus on regulations, engineering review, environmental, groundwater protection, inspection and how complaints are handled by the COGCC COGCC Rules Related to Hydraulic Fracturing
COGCC Frequently Asked Questions  A list of questions compiled and answered by the COGCC staff. FracFocus  The hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website, where you can search for information about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.
COGCC Gasland Correction Document (10/29/2010) A memorandum that corrects errors in Gasland''s portrayal of several Colorado incidents. Colorado Fluids Disclosure  A site provide by Halliburton listing the fluids used in Colorado during the hydraulic fracking process.
COGCC Natural Gas Drilling: Public Health and Environmental Impacts   (04/12/2011) Director Neslin's testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works & Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife regarding hydraulic fracturing Material Data Sheets for Ohio
COGCC Response to Follow-Up Questions from the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works   (05/17/2011) Director Neslin's written response to questions from the Senate regarding hydraulic fracturing Chemicals Used by Hydraulic Fracturing Companies in Pennsylvania
COGCC Use of Diesel Fuel for Hydraulic Fracturing in Colorado (03/03/2011) This memorandum reports on our investigation to date into the use of diesel fuel for hydraulic fracturing in Colorado. IOGCC Hydraulic Fracturing Site
How Well Do You Know Your Water Well A booklet prepared as a reference guide for water well owners in southwest Colorado. EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Site
COGCC Response to the STRONGER Hydraulic Fracturing Questionnaire (06/13/2011) Fracking on BLM Colorado Well Sites
Supplemental COGCC Response to STRONGER (09/29/2011) Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Shale Gas Production Subcommittee
90-Day Report
Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States, A Primer  A report created by the Ground Water Protection Council in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory STRONGER Web Site
State Oil and Natural Gas Regulations Designed to Protect Water Resources Report   A report created by the Ground Water Protection Council in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. Colorado Hydraulic Fracturing State Review