On Dec. 17, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will decide whether to adopt important updates to rules designed to reduce methane and ozone emissions from oil and gas operations throughout Colorado. This is an important moment for those of us living on the West Slope, where air pollution protections are not as strong as they are on the Front Range.
Fortunately, the state is proposing a stronger set of statewide rules that will go a long way in protecting the health of all Coloradans and our climate for those on both sides of the continental divide. Statewide standards are needed because the impacts of oil and gas development on air quality are the same throughout the state. Drilling, storage, disposal and transport of oil and gas releases the same exact pollutants, no matter where that activity is located.