In April 2009, the State of Colorado Supreme Court determined in Vance vs. Wolfe that the extraction of water to facilitate coalbed methane production is a “beneficial use” as defined in the Act and a “well” as defined in the Colorado Ground Water Management Act. Coalbed Methane production is therefore subject to regulation under both acts. Through this determination, the State Engineer became responsible for developing Produced Nontributary Ground Water well permitting rules and augmentation for affected tributary water rights, as well as developing a petition process for determining affected non-tributary water. In order to plan the rulemaking process, a public meeting was held on June 24, 2009, followed by several advisory committee meetings in July 2009. This allowed the rulemaking process to begin in August 2009 and reach a successful conclusion in early 2010. Please review the Final Rules, sign-up for petition notification, download well application worksheets, learn about substitute water supply plan requirements, and notification requirements to landowners within 600 feet of a related oil or gas production well by returning to the Produced Nontributary Ground Water homepage.
For Meeting Documents, see the Archived Rule Documents page.