The E-P-A is taking a close look at what happens to air quality when oil and gas drilling operations move in. The agency is updating industry rules for monitoring and reducing pollution, which can include chemicals used in production, as well as the usual pollution culprits: ozone and particles. Gopa Ross with the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter says current regulations are fuzzy and not tough enough.
Ross acknowledges concerns about costs, but counters that more stringent and scientifically-based regulations are in everyone’s best interest, and may help stave off future lawsuits.
The upcoming agreement is part of a lawsuit settlement, and is expected to be finalized in about a year. Oil and gas company concerns focus on costs and definitions of best technologies that are expected to be required by the rules.