The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission created a water quality database accessible by the public that collects information on water quality near oil and gas wells, according to Colorado Energy News.
Commission workers have collected 450 samples from oil and gas wells and nearby surface water. Historic water quality data will also be added to the database by the end of 2012, according to the article.
The database uses a geographic information systems map. Regional water quality data can be found by selecting water and gas sample sites on the left. A double click on a triangle then sends the user to a page with documented water quality data for each site.
Image: A screen capture of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s GIS water quality database