Residents on the Western Slope appreciate our clear views and blue skies. However, smog from oil and gas operations is fouling our air – causing localized health concerns and putting some areas on the Western Slope in danger of exceeding federal clean air standards.
Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission is currently considering whether to strengthen statewide air pollution standards for oil and gas operations – and they’re taking official input at a hearing on October 19th from Coloradans like you. Stronger protections could significantly improve our air quality and our health, improve the safety of the oil and gas locations, and combat climate change.
Unfortunately, the State and industry groups have taken the position that increased air quality protections should only be applied on the Front Range – where ozone air pollution is regularly exceeding federal limits. Western Colorado Congress believes that the cost-effective air pollution protections they are applying on the Front Range should be applied on the Western Slope as well. We should not wait until the Western Slope exceeds federal pollution limits before we act!
The public is invited to this hearing to give public comments, and we need a strong showing on our side to get the strengthened standards we deserve statewide. Come join us! We have a team of six who will be attending the hearing.
October 19, 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m
Sabin Conference Room, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, Colorado
Please show up as early as possible to ensure that you get a chance to speak. Public comments will likely be limited to 3 minutes each. If you want to sign up to speak, you will need to provide your name, address, and contact information on a blue card that should be available at a sign-in table. Please personalize your comments with any stories of how oil and gas development or air pollution has affected you.
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