Colorado- Oil and Gas Industry (boo-hoo) doesn't like regulations to limit emissions


Colorado- Oil and Gas Industry (boo-hoo) doesn't like regulations to limit emissions

22 October 2006 at 11:17:50 AM

Colorado is considering some new statewide rules, that would take effect on May 1, 2007, that require

large condensate tanks to control 95 percent of their volatile organic compound, or VOC.Glycol dehydrators would have to show a 90 percent reduction in those emissions by May 1, 2008.

VOCs include benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene and contribute to ozone and smog, health officials have said. By May 1, 2007, all new and relocated compressor engines would have to install pollution control technology to meet state limits.

No surprise that O&G doesn't like having to comply with any regulations on polluting the air. They would much rather voluntarily put in pollution controls.

Different rules for condensate tanks could apply to the Front Range, compared to the rest of the state. Large tanks along the Front Range would have to control 95 percent of their emissions by May 1, 2007. Elsewhere, condensate tanks that emit more than those on the Front Range must control 95 percent of those emissions by May 1, 2008.

Many oil and gas operators say they already voluntarily install pollution control equipment in many cases. Scott Donato, manager of environmental health and safety for Bill Barrett Corp., said if the state can prove the emissions pose a serious problem, “We’ll address it.”

“But we feel like we’re being targeted on this when oil and gas contributes only 1 to 4 percent of the VOC emissions” in the Denver area, he said. “What do they hope to accomplish when 96 to 99 percent of the causes aren’t being addressed?”

We know how THAT works, eh? If you care about air, make sure you speak up about it loudly and often, because the O&G industry sure is.

Now, this article, look at the IRONY of this!

As they drove home from Rifle after an area natural-gas operator was presented a good-corporate-citizen award recently, Carol and Orlyn Bell encountered a “terrible” smell when they neared their Dry Hollow ranch, south of Silt.

“It was the strongest odor we’ve smelled in the last four years,” Carol Bell said.

The Bells said the odor came from nearby gas wells and production facilities, something they’ve seen surround their 110-acre ranch in those four years...

Jeremy Nichols, director of Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action, a Denver nonprofit group pushing for lower emissions from the industry, said the “out-of-control” emissions show a “rape and pillage” philosophy.

“It’s really sad and unfortunate, too,” he said. “It’s so easy to do it right.”

Orlyn Bell said odors were almost constant when he inspected area irrigation ditches last Monday. This summer, he had headaches “dozens of times” while he reroofed a workshop.

“It seemed to be while I was on the roof, because when I came down, I couldn’t smell it,” he said.

The Bells have lived on their ranch for 26 years, and four gas wells were drilled on their property. They do not own the mineral rights to the gas under their land.

Complaints are often of odors, toxic smells or “it stinks real bad,” Western Colorado Congress organizer Patrick Barker told Rifle City Council this week.

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