Wyo. panel rejects Sublette ozone petition

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council unanimously has rejected a citizen request to consider stricter air pollution standards in Sublette County.

Sublette County has had problems with elevated ozone levels during the winter, caused in part by intense natural gas drilling. The problem prompted state officials to issue Wyoming's first ozone alerts in early 2008.

A Pinedale-based citizens group petitioned the council to toughen the ozone pollution standards for the county.

The oil and gas industry and business groups opposed the petition.

Members of the Environmental Quality Council said Tuesday they had a problem with imposing stricter standards on just one of the state's 23 counties. They also noted that the federal government is reviewing the national ozone standard.