Colorado Air Quality Rules for Oil & Gas Tightened, Again

Publication: Greeley Tribune, Energy Pipeline
Issue: February 2018
By Dan Larson |

Colorado’s Front Range oil and natural gas operators in November were handed another set of revisions to the state’s already stringent air quality rules when state regulators approved rulemaking that became effective with the New Year.

The rules include new requirements for compressors, pneumatic controllers and pumps, processing equipment at natural gas plants, and for managing fugitive emissions at the smallest wells along the Front Range.

The state Air Quality Control Commission, on Nov. 16, 2017, approved revisions to state rules that fall under Reg. 7, a key section of the state’s oil and gas air pollution regulations. The revisions were necessary, the commission stated, for Colorado “to comply with federal rules and to improve ozone levels” within the Front Range ozone non-attainment area, which extends from north of Denver to northern Weld County.

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