Regulators Weigh Front Range Pollution Options

Denver, CO – Colorado regulators ended a hearing saturday on stricter pollution standards for oil and gas companies along the Front Range. Regulators delayed a decision.
The delay is partly so the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission can consider a proposal negotiated between industry representatives and air pollution control staffers.
State health officials worry that rising pollution from booming oil and gas operations could exceed federal ozone standards.
They have proposed new rules for the industry statewide. But on the Front Range, industry respresentatives want to keep an existing system for controlling pollution. They have negotiated a deal with the state to retain that system, but to slash their emissions by significantly more than regulators had asked.
A decision is not expected until after December 17th.