Colorado

Oct 16, 2009 11:00 AM by Associated Press

Feds order do-over on air permit for gas field

Federal officials have ordered Colorado to redo an air permit for a natural gas compressor in Weld County. The Environmental Protection Agency issued an order this week, saying state regulators failed to adequately evaluate the overall impacts of pollution from the gas operations.

The environmental group Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action challenged the permit, arguing the state should have considered the cumulative effects of the gas activities. The EPA has directed the state to do additional analysis for the permit in the next 90 days.

Anadarko spokeswoman Kimberly Mazza says the company has followed all state and federal regulations and will continue to do so. State regulators have tightened air-quality regulations for oil and gas operations in eastern Colorado to help meet federal pollution standards.

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