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Colorado air pollution group to meet in Rifle

Courtesy of Emily Hornback/Western Colorado Congress

Colorado is considering expanding pollution regulations across the state, and stakeholders can weigh in at a meeting in Rifle on Tuesday.


In 2016, Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission adopted stricter rules for controlling greenhouse gas and ozone emissions from oil and gas development. But those only apply on the Front Range, where the amount of ozone in the air is above EPA guidelines.

State regulators  are now in a two-year process to see if it’s necessary and viable to expand those regulations. Garfield County has the second-highest concentration of oil and gas development in the state.

Representatives from local governments, the oil and gas industry and environmental organizations have been participating, and at a meeting Tuesday, the public can give feedback for the first time in this process. Pre-registration is required to comment.

The meeting runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office in Rifle.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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