April 22, 2024

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Adams County has strict oil and gas rules, yet well count rises

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When Keith Huck, an Adams County senior oil and gas inspector, walks onto a well pad he looks, listens and sniffs. There is a lot to keep his eyes, ears and nose busy as the county has become the fastest-growing oil producer in the state.

Since 2017, oil production has grown 15-fold as the county became Colorado’s second-biggest producer churning out 12.8 million barrels in 2023, with some companies still filing December numbers.

Adams County remains a distant second to Weld County, where the output is 10 times as large, but since 2021 Adams County production is up about 58% and Weld’s has dropped by about 6%, according to state data.

All this growth has come even as the county adopted local oil and gas regulations stiffer than the state’s and launched its own oil and…

Mark Jaffe

2024-02-29 04:20:00

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