BLM Colorado Oil and Gas

Oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Photo by BLM Colorado.Oil and gas development on public land and mineral estate is an important economic driver for Colorado's economy. In Colorado, the BLM manages 4,712  leases totaling 3.7 million acres, producing an economic output of $2.3 billion.

The State of Colorado leads the nation in providing a regulatory framework to manage this development in an environmentally responsible manner. The BLM also has a robust regulatory framework, which helps us manage the public's land and mineral estate for multiple uses ranging from energy development to wildlife habitat, recreation and conservation. To balance these often conflicting demands on our public lands, we look to public input and participation to help inform our decision-making.

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