Attorney General Phil Weiser sent out a statement last week promising to protect Colorado’s air quality after the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, announced it will rollback standards for reducing methane emissions from oil and gas operations.
“The EPA’s proposal to reverse these standards to curb methane emissions is misguided and ignores the requests from the oil and gas industry to keep them in place," Weiser said.
He said Colorado served as the model for the successful collaboration between government and the oil and gas industry.
“Methane emissions don’t stop at state lines. As such, Colorado has a strong interest in regulating the release of this harmful greenhouse gas on a national level," Weiser said.
He ended the statement promising that Colorado will be a part of a legal challenge to stop the EPA’s rollback of methane standards.