Who regulates well sites in the Greater Wattenberg Area?

Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) is the State agency in charge of regulating oil and gas production for non-federal lands in Colorado and in the Greater Wattenberg Area. However, county and local regulations may also play a role in some circumstances.

As of September 2016, there are over 552 wells within the Town of Frederick. With each annexation, the town may acquire additional existing or planned wells. Within the Town limits, the Town of Frederick requires all proposed oil and gas wells to be approved through the Special Use Process which includes neighbor notification, compliance with specific requirements of the Town Code and may require a public hearing prior to installation of the well and collection facilities. Maintenance operations may occur at any time and don’t normally require notification to neighboring property owners. 

For more information about the State’s process or requirements, please see Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). If you have comments or complaints that you'd like to report to the COGCC, please contact them at 1-800-235-1101.

For information about Frederick's requirements please review Article 9 of the Land Use Code