Oil and Gas Greenhouse Gas Roadmap Stakeholder Process

On May 30, 2019, Governor Polis signed into law the "Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution", known as House Bill 19-1261, and codified in the Colorado Air Pollution Prevention and Control Act, largely at §§ 25-7-102 and -105, C.R.S. House Bill 19-1261 established statewide greenhouse gas reduction targets of: 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050.

On September 30, 2020, State agencies made public the first draft of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap. The GHG Roadmap identified several sectors from which reductions will need to be realized to achieve Colorado's climate goals. Two of these sectors include emissions from the oil and gas industry: the Oil and Gas Fugitive Emissions Sector and the Industrial Sector. 

On October 23, 2020, the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) issued the Resolution to Ensure Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals Are Met in support of the roadmap.

On July 2, 2021, Governor Polis signed into law the "Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community", known as House Bill 21-1266, which is set forth required reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry under the O&G Sector and the Industrial Sector. These targets are:

  • 36% reduction in the O&G Sector by 2025 (from 2005 baseline)
  • 60% reduction in the O&G Sector by 2030 (from 2005 baseline) 
  • 20% reduction in the Industrial Sector (from 2015 baseline)

The Environmental Justice Act also requires CDPHE to prioritize near-term reductions of greenhouse gas and achieve reductions of greenhouse gas and co-pollutants in disproportionately impacted communities. 

Rulemaking Process

The Division submitted a rulemaking package to the Air Quality Control Commission on August 31, 2021. The Division’s proposal package can be found here. The Commission considered whether to commence formal rulemaking at its September 17, 2021 meeting. Visit the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission website for more information on the rulemaking in progress. The Division’s package of regulatory proposals has been set for hearing from December 14 - 17, 2021, with a public comment opportunity on the evening of December 14, 2021. 

Public Meetings

You can also sign up for disproportionately impacted community focused meetings hosted by the Commission related to this and other fall rulemaking efforts. 
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:00 pm
    • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
    • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)
    • Oil and Gas Emissions (Regulations 7 and 22)
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 9:00 am
    • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
    • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)
  • Thursday, November 17, 2021 1:00 pm
    • Lead Based Paint (Regulation 19)
    • Regional Haze Round 2 (Regulation 23)
    • Oil and Gas Emissions (Regulations 7 and 22)
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021 10:30 am
    • Oil and Gas Emissions (Regulations 7 and 22)

Past Stakeholder Meetings

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