The regulatory landscape for oil and gas is changing rapidly and 2020 will be a transformative year for compliance requirements, especially in Colorado. Local governments and the state governing body will all be undertaking rulemaking efforts in the coming months. Continuity of operations will be important and planning for permitting activities becomes even more critical.

The mandate of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has changed from “fostering” natural resource development to “regulating” oil and gas development, coupled with prioritizing the “protection of public health, safety and the welfare of the environment, and wildlife resources,” companies operating in Colorado will need to evolve their compliance strategies.