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New rules make the state a leader in protecting air quality, for the first time, targeting emissions associated with oil and gas development.
"The companies will use these rules to make improvements that they'll tout in years to come."
DENVER -- Farmers are joining a growing chorus in Colorado calling new proposed state air-quality rules weak and inadequate to address ozone levels that have spiked over the last half decade in the state as gas drilling has spread across the northern Front Range.
FRISCO, Colo. — Ready or not, the federal government may be about to look up your tailpipe. Ozone violations along the Front Range spiked this year and it's unlikely that Colorado will meet a 2015 EPA deadline to improve air quality.
Authors of a new study published recently in Geophysical Research Letters found that the natural-gas industry is failing to prevent significant amounts of its product from escaping into the air every day. The leaks result in a loss of millions of dollars in potential profits and raise anew questions about the true environmental benefits that come from relying increasingly on gas as an energy source.