In 2014, Colorado adopted new air regulations that created the most comprehensive leak detection and repair program for oil and gas facilities in the country. It was also the first rule in the nation to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas production. The program in administered through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The four key elements of the new rules address leak detection and repair, emission regulation, storage tank regulation, and pneumatics. These rules fully adopt new federal regulations (EPA’s NSPS OOOO) and add controls and strategies to reduce fugitive Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and hydrocarbon emissions from condensate tanks and other sources.

Q&A with Natalia Swalnick

COGA: What exactly does the Air Quality/Clean Cities Manager do? Natalia: The Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition supports local practices to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. We work with private companies, public fleets, and other organizations to encourage the use of alternative fuels. The portfolio of technologies and vehicles that Clean Cities advances includes hybrids, fuel economy, fuel efficiencies, alternative fuels and vehicles, as well as idling equipment and programs. We are advancing the deployment of vehicles and infrastructure in tandem to create a market for alternative fuels. Read More »

Fact Sheet: Clean Air Clean Jobs Act

The “Clean Air Clean Jobs Act” (CACJA) passed the Colorado General Assembly in the spring of 2010 with bi-partisan support in both the House and Senate and was signed into law by then-Governor Bill Ritter. An unprecedented, bipartisan coalition of natural gas producers, utilities, conservationists, local officials, and others supported the bill and continue to do so today. Read More »

Fast Facts: Clean Air Clean Jobs Act

The Colorado Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act (CACJA) was signed into law on April 19, 2010 providing a roadmap to reduce emissions from older coal-fired power plants. This significant legislation transcended traditional political party lines and received support from a broad spectrum of interest groups. This law was enacted in part, because Colorado is currently out of compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has threatened to propose more stringent standards. Read More »

Basics – Air: What are Pollutants and How are They Controlled?

The air emissions surrounding oil and gas development are a complex area of study. Air emissions are regulated by both state and federal statutes, and the required oil and gas emissions controls are subjected to a constantly evolving regulatory environment. There are numerous technologies the oil and gas industry uses to manage air emissions. Oil and gas operations result in emissions, the most of which are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides emissions. These are captured and controlled at the well site by devices that include vapor recovery units, flares, and incinerators. Read More »