Processes - oil and gas and your health

The following links serve as a resource to the public to locate information related to unconventional oil and gas activities. The information on these links do not represent the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environments opinion. The site will be regularly updated.

U.S. Department of Energy

Primer commissioned through the Ground Water Protection Council in effort to provide sound technical information on natural gas resource development activity and environmental protection.

Shale gas 101

  • This webpage from the DOE helps to answer the many questions that people have about shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (or fracking). The information provided below explains the basics, including what shale gas is, where it’s found, why it’s important, how it’s produced, and challenges associated with production.

United States Energy Information Administration

Background information on Shale Gas development.

The Geological Society of America

An overview of the process of hydraulic fracturing of shales and other unconventional sources and related environmental concerns, including water quality and seismicity.

University of Colorado Boulder - Center of the American West

University of Colorado Boulder

A searchable database including mandatory and voluntary Best Management Practices currently in use or recommended for responsible resource management.


A user friendly map of shale plays, basins and locations of unconventional oil and gas wells in Colorado.