Denver, CO – Colorado health officials say smog-forming
emissions are rising faster than expected in northeastern Colorado's oil and gas fields, jeopardizing efforts to keep ozone
pollution below federal limits.
On Friday, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will open a two-day hearing on new statewide rules for oil and gas companies -- and tougher rules in a nine-county area from Denver to Weld
Currently, companies must reduce emissions by nearly 48 percent overall. The proposed rule would require gas companies to put pollution-controls on condensate tanks that emit eleven tons of
emissions a year.
Industry representatives prefer keeping the current system but stepping up the volume of emissions they must cut to 65 percent.
Health officials have noted that ozone levels have shot up during the winter in western Wyoming, where energy development has increased substantially.