Colorado Petroleum Association


Mission Statement

“CPA advocates and educates on issues, legislation, and regulations pertinent to the interests of the petroleum refiners, processors, pipeline and transportation sectors, and exploration and production companies. CPA seeks to protect and advance the interests of its members by promoting greater safety awareness, increased access to information, and partnerships with the general public, safety advocates, government, and industry stakeholders, resulting in greater regulatory predictability, industry stability, community safety, and a healthier environment.”


Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) is a major oil and gas association in the state of Colorado.  The group has opposed drilling limits. It also opposed a request for an independent environmental assessment brought by Colorado teenagers concerned about drilling impacts. CPA also opposed new air pollution rules that would limit methane.

Notable Activities & Statements on Public Lands Policy

The Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) Has Opposed Limits on Drilling Near Schools, Homes and Bodies of Water.

CPA Opposed a Setback that Would Ban Well Drilling Within 2,500 Feet of Schools, Homes and Bodies of Water. In 2016 there was a ballot initiative that called “for setbacks of 2,500 – stating wells can’t be drilled…[within] 2,500 feet of certain structures such as schools, homes, buildings and bodies of water. ‘It’s a ban,’ [Colorado Petroleum Association President Dan] Dempsey said. ‘That’s impossible, that’s a ban and they intend it to be a ban.’” [Linda Kane, “Energy Pipeline: Executive Profile — Stan Dempsey, Colorado Petroleum Association,” Greeley Tribune, 09/06/16]

CPA Also Opposed Opposed Keeping A School-Property Boundary of 1,000 Feet or More. House Bill 1256, in 2017, “would have pushed drilling rigs back to 1,000 feet or more from school-property lines, extending their…setbacks of 1,000 feet from school buildings.” Some citizens who supported the bill “pleaded with Republicans to think of the potential health effects of a well explosion or leakage near playgrounds and sports fields and other parts of a property that could be closer to rigs than a school building. They compared the setbacks to universally accepted distance requirements from schools for liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries.” [Ed Sealover, “Measures on both sides of the oil and gas debate die in Colorado Legislature,” Denver Business Journal, 04/12/17]

The Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) Opposed a Request for an Independent Environmental Assessment Brought By Colorado Teenagers Concerned About Drilling Impacts.

CPA and the American Petroleum Institute joined the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on the case. Xiutezcatl Martinez and a group of teenagers filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to halt new permit issuing until an independent third party could confirm a drilling method that does not impact Colorado’s environment. The commission denied their request in 2014, which led to the group appealing the decision in the Denver District Court. CPA and the American Petroleum Institute joined the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on the case. [Amelia Arvesen, “Colorado Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in Martinez oil and gas lawsuit,” Denver Post, 01/29/18]

The Colorado Petroleum Association (CPA) Opposed New Air Pollution Rules that Would Address Methane.

The Colorado Petroleum Association opposes Colorado adopting “air pollution rules that cover methane.” Colorado, in 2014, “became the first in the U.S. to adopt air pollution rules that cover methane, in response to leaks from oil and gas operations, with the support of top operators Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy and Encana. The…Colorado Petroleum Association…opposed the move.” [Jesse Paul, “Federal court rules against Trump administration’s delay of EPA methane rules, siding with Colorado and conservation groups,” Denver Post, 07/03/17]

Lobbying & Political Contributions

Lobbyist Name and Years employed

Steve Durham:  2002-2010

Mark Barnes:  2008-2012

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck:  2009-2012

Howard Stanley Dempsey: 2010-2016

Amy Binder: 2017-present

Stealey II: 2014-2018

Colorado Advocates: 2014-present

[Source: Colorado Secretary of State]


Since 2014, Ray Scott has taken at least $300 from Colorado Petroleum PAC.

Ray Scott took $300 from Colorado Petroleum PAC in October 2014.

[Source: Colorado Secretary of State]

Revenue & Expenditures


2016: $217,187

Membership Dues: $199,500

2015: $416,045

2014: $344,069

2013: $542,460

[Source: Colorado Petroleum Assn. Form 990 2014-16]


2016: $231,697

Officer/Staff Compensation: $98,892

2015: $416,666

2014: $457,375

2013: $507,879

[Source: Colorado Petroleum Assn. Form 990 2014-16]