Delays possible for new Colorado drilling rules

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado regulators looking at new air quality rules for oil and gas drillers may need more time.

Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission was hoping to have new proposed air-quality rules by November. At their regular meeting on Thursday the commission talked about extending negotiations on the rules until next February. The group is looking at stricter air controls for an industry that is one of Colorado's top air polluters.

Environmental activists have been hoping the commission is stricter on the industry than the agency that regulates spills, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.

The air quality panel is considering new rules including tighter emission controls on storage tanks and expanding pollution control requirements that currently apply in Front Range.

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