Friday, November 22, 2013

Colorado releases draft rules that may make it the first state to regulate methane from oil and gas drilling.

On November 18, Colorado released proposed rules that would directly regulate the detection and reduction of methane emissions associated with oil and gas drilling.  The rules are basically expanding the current provisions for reducing emissions that apply only in "non-attainment areas" to all areas that have been shown to have air quality worse than the national average.

The Air Quality Control Commission will be seeking additional input as the process continues but it appears that they already have the support of petroleum companies in the state.  Several petroleum companies operating in Colorado released a joint statement in support the proposal, saying that it is a “The process and increased accountability established by the proposal will provide transparency and build public trust.”

Click here for the Colorado Governor’s announcement of the rules.

Click here for the proposal and related information. 

Written by Joseph Negaard 
November 22, 2013

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