The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission has approved landmark rules to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling, including the nation’s first-ever regulations designed to detect and reduce methane emissions.
The ruling concluded a five-day public hearing that began Wednesday at the Aurora Municipal Center. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division initiated the process more than a year ago.
On top of the methane restrictions, the approved rules include controls on smog-forming pollution.
In a statement released Sunday, Dr. Larry Wolk, the department's executive director and chief medical officer said:
“We are pleased the Air Quality Control Commission adopted these important measures. Protecting Colorado’s public and environment is one of our greatest responsibilities, and we must ensure oil and gas development continues to adhere to the most protective standards. We’re pleased that a group of environmental and industry leaders worked with our administration to help forge these landmark rules.”