Environment & Energy

Colorado Proposes Air Monitoring Rules for Oil and Gas Wells

Sept. 18, 2020, 12:11 AM

Colorado is on the brink of passing first-in-the-nation emissions control rules for oil and gas operations that would require air pollution monitoring from the start of well construction through the first six months of production.

Under the proposed rule (Regulation 7), oil and gas producers would be required to submit a monitoring plan to the state Air Pollution Control Division, according to testimony presented Thursday to the Air Quality Control Commission.

Monitoring would have to be in place three days before pre-production operations begin, and remain in place for six months after the well is capable of producing...

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