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Colorado air pollution group to meet in Rifle

Apr 16, 2018

The state is considering increasing standards for air pollution from oil and gas development in areas like Garfield County, where this well is located.
Credit Courtesy of Emily Hornback/Western Colorado Congress

Colorado is considering expanding pollution regulations across the state, and stakeholders can weigh in at a meeting in Rifle on Tuesday.

 

In 2016, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted stricter rules for controlling greenhouse gas and ozone emissions from oil and gas development. But those only apply on the Front Range, where the amount of ozone in the air is above EPA guidelines.

State regulators  are now in a two-year process to see if it’s necessary and viable to expand those regulations. Garfield County has the second-highest concentration of oil and gas development in the state.

Representatives from local governments, the oil and gas industry and environmental organizations have been participating, and at a meeting Tuesday, the public can give feedback for the first time in this process. Pre-registration is required to comment.

The meeting runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in Rifle.