While the head of the EPA goes on a tour of 25 states, the agency is rolling back a host of environmental regulations — including trying to delay implementation of Obama-era methane rules at oil and gas wells. Some residents and environmental groups are taking action, concerned that methane leaks lead to poor air quality.
Researchers are starting to draw a straight line between ozone and oil and gas development. A recent study out of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration found that 17 percent of new ozone on an average summer day in Colorado’s front range comes from oil and gas emissions.
Researchers at Colorado State University have released the results of a nearly $2 million dollar study measuring oil and gas emissions on the state’s Western Slope. Data from this study could contribute to our understanding of the health impacts of the oil and gas industry.
The Paris climate talks were difficult to follow if you are based in say Denver, instead of Paris. Yet for journalists at Inside Energy, it was critical to follow as closely as possible the 24/7 negotiating marathon. We were helped by some create coverage by E&E Publishing.
The Obama Administration announced final rules Monday for its plan to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. While some concessions were made to critics, the final rules actually increase the carbon cuts demanded from states and will have long-lasting impacts on the way power is produced.
Nationally, coal production is down and being challenged by market forces and new federal regulations. Ironically, Wyoming’s rise to dominance as the country’s top coal-producing state started 45 years ago with another regulation: The Clean Air Act of 1970.
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