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Air Quality Hearings Focus Energy Regulations

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Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:35:45 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Air Quality Control Commission is hosting its second of four meetings regarding proposed oil and gas regulations for the entire state.   

 

Members with the Mesa County Air Quality Planning Committee, who have already provided their testimony, want stricter regulations on the Western Slope.

 

They say prevention against future pollution in the Grand Valley is why they're making their voices heard.

 

Members want the same type of policies followed on the Front Range, which they say, lessens pollution while also strengthening the economy.

 

"By asking the oil and gas companies to do leak testing and capture their emissions on both their drill rigs and their tanks. They can then sell those emissions rather than releasing them into the air. So it makes economic sense but more importantly it makes perfect health sense,” said Chris Muhr with the Mesa County Air Quality Planning Committee.

 

Energy companies such as Noble Energy, Anadarko and Encana all agree these restrictions are needed.

 

“The proposed rules are a quantifiable, achievable means for Colorado to proactively reduce ozone levels while maintaining the cleanest and safest oil and gas industry in the country” said Doug Hock with Encana Oil & Gas.

 

There will be two more hearings for the public to speak on this issue.

 

Officials say they are expected to hear a decision after theses meetings.

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