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Oil and gas industry violating air pollution rules in Colorado

Amy Mall

Posted July 12, 2013

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According to a recent report in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, oil and gas companies violated Colorado air quality rules 73 times in the first three months of this year alone--nearly 75 percent of all Colorado air pollution enforcement cases during that period.

I don't think anyone needs me to tell them that that is 73 times too many, endangering human health. According to my colleague, NRDC health expert Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, oil and gas production releases air pollutants that are very dangerous to human health, including benzene, xylene, and other hydrocarbons that can cause respiratory and neurological impacts and increase the risk of cancer. This pollution also contributes to the formation of ozone, a powerful respiratory irritant that is especially dangerous for people with asthma, particularly children.

I've blogged recently about the poor compliance record of the oil and gas industry--such as the thousands of spills per year and the high rate of safety violations.

The oil and gas industry continues to violate our laws on a regular basis. Companies need to clean up their act and make it a priority to comply with the rules on the books, and regulators need to impose penalties that are meaningful enough to change business practices. Otherwise, the public has every reason to continue fearing the risks of oil and gas development in their communities.

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Gordi JonJul 14 2013 05:44 PM

A new debate on an old subject would create a new mindset, a new vision, direct funds away from international conflict and in favour of green progress.
"Be it resolved nuclear states cannot threaten each other with armed conflict unless their leaders first agree to the reciprocal positioning of an equitable kind and level of nuclear weapons on the soil of each other."

The citizens of the respective capital cities would join with the millions of citizens of capital cities around the globe to end the absurdity of nuclear conflict.

Eyal AronoffJul 15 2013 07:53 PM

For the reasons stated here and elsewhere we need to replace aromatic octane enhancers with high blends of alcohol fuels such as ethanol and methanol.


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