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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Garfield County is joining four other western Colorado counties in an effort to persuade state regulators to soften proposed new air quality standards.
According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the counties want the regulations to rely more on scientific analysis. Environmental groups want statewide rules governing the oil and gas industry, which has been blamed for much of the pollution.
Industry officials say they are already using improved technology to reduce air pollution and reign in leaks from natural gas wells.
The other counties in the government coalition include Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Montezuma counties.