Colorado is rapidly becoming a major contributor of energy for the nation's
needs. The state is rich in fossil fuels, including oil, natural gas, oil shale
and coal. Colorado also has significant uranium deposits. Because of these
available resources, the state is currently experiencing considerable growth in
Significant mineral development activity is
occurring in Colorado's oil and natural gas fields. Currently there are more
than 24,000 wells in the State of Colorado. The number of new well applications
submitted to the Colorado Oil and Gas
Conservation Commission has risen steadily from 5,904 in 2006, to 6,368 in
2007, to 8,027 well applications in 2008.
of the energy development that is occurring could have an impact on one of
Colorado's other key natural resources – wildlife. The Colorado Parks and
Wildlife (CPW) is working with the energy industry, land management agencies and
state regulators to make sure that energy work is done with wildlife and
wildlife habitat in mind. It is important to note that the Colorado Parks and
Wildlife has no regulatory authority over the energy industry, so working
together with industry provides the best chance to protect, enhance and preserve
Colorado's wildlife resource.
Wind energy projects are progressing in the eastern part of
the state. For information on siting a wind energy project, please contact
Al Trujillo. Wildlife maps can be found at http://ndis.nrel.colostate.edu/.
Encana and CPW Produce Wildlife Video
Encana and the
Colorado Parks and Wildlife have produced a training DVD that gives energy
workers information to minimize their impacts to Colorado wildlife and wildlife
Wildlife in Colorado: What You Need to Know includes
information about wildlife, including how to care for trash to avoid attracting
bears to work areas, why feeding even small animals can be unsafe for people and
the animals, what to do if you encounter a mountain lion, and the importance of
protecting species like the cutthroat trout and sage grouse. The DVD also
explains hunting and fishing opportunities in Colorado and what is required to
qualify for resident hunting and fishing licenses.
To request a copy of the video contact Encana community relations at (866)