Garfield will help fund oil, gas pollution study

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The Garfield County commissioners say the county will commit up to $1 million for a study of air pollution near oil and gas wells.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Tuesday (http://tinyurl.com/8hloawp) that energy companies have agreed to contribute $800,000 toward the $1.8 million study.

The study would be done by Colorado State University and would examine the type and quantity of emissions from drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations in the county.

Jeff Collett, chairman of the CSU Atmospheric Sciences Department, says the study won't address the potential health effects on humans but could provide the basis for future studies on that topic.

Collett says results wouldn't be released until the study is done in 2015 unless researchers detect dangerous levels of pollution.

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