Public meeting discusses oil and gas regulations

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- On Tuesday residents had a chance to hear more about some of the new oil and gas regulations.

A public hearing for The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division opened the floor for questions and concerns about the proposal to implement new statewide rules. These new regulations would reduce methane, ozone and other air pollutants related to oil and gas development.

"We have climate crisis going on and we need to take this seriously. We need to regulate methane and VOC emissions unless we want to have a continuation of this climate crisis," says Vice President of Citizens for Clean Air, Kristin Winn.

This summer Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 181 directing the Air Quality Control Commission to reduce emissions from oil and gas facilities. According to the American Lung Association, Garfield, Gunnison and Mesa Counties all received ā€œCā€ grades for the ozone conditions.

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