What resources can provide further information?

legislation, regulation, and Permitting Process

  • The Intermountain Oil and BMP Gas Project website is maintained by the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment at the University of Colorado Law School. The Law and Policy page contains laws and policies pertaining to the oil and gas industry in Western intermountain states. See LawAtlas for a review of state laws in shale regions regarding water quality, water quantity, and air quality.
  • The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), is an organization representing the governors of member states on the responsible development of oil and gas resources. On its website, the IOGCC has a page with links to summaries of state statutes regarding oil and gas development. There is also a table with information on state oil and gas taxes.
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Oil & Gas Resources, shale drilling animation (4:12). ODNR’s graphic animation describes the state’s regulatory and permitting activities at each stage of shale development.
  • See Table 2 for a list of state oil and gas regulatory agencies.

Health Impact Assessments

  • Colorado School of Public Health, Health Impact Assessment for Battlement Mesa, Garfield County, Colorado (Denver: 2010). This draft document created by the Colorado School of Public Health, requested by the town of Battlement Mesa, is an example of a community health impact assessment in the context of a potential natural gas development project.
  • International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), “A Guide to Health Impact Assessments in the Oil and Gas Industry” (2005). OGP is an organization that aims to give oil and gas producers a place to share best practices with others in the industry. The OGP has developed guidance on planning for health throughout the stages of oil and gas operations.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts, “The Health Impact Project.” The project aims to promote the use of HIAs as a decision-making tool for policymakers. The website contains information on the HIA process, case studies, and HIA research and analysis.
  • World Health Organization, “Health Impact Assessment (HIA).” WHO website has tools and guidance on conducting HIAs and a database of example HIAs in a variety of subject areas, including energy.