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GVCA hosts air quality, oil and gas forum Oct. 9

John Colson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Air quality impacts from oil and gas drilling activities will be the topic of an Oct. 9 forum, to be held from 7-9 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

According to an announcement by the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA), one of the sponsors of the forum, the state’s air quality control commission (AQCC) is proposing new air pollution standards for Colorado in November.

“The AQCC commissioners need to hear from you about your concerns regarding air quality impacts from drilling and fracking operations,” states the announcement. “This informational event will include an array of experts discussing industry chemical emissions and their effect on health.”

The proposed regulations, according to Conservation Colorado, another of the sponsors of the forum, are aimed at addressing the issues of air pollution and leak detection from oil and gas facilities.

“Pollution from energy development is a statewide problem,” wrote Leslie Robinson of GVCA in an emailed statement. “GVCA members urge Governor Hickenlooper and the Air Quality Control Commission to protect Colorado’s air quality and support stronger protections from oil and gas pollution. Current affordable technologies exist today that can stop chemical leaks and better protect residents living near drilling and fracking operations. The time to act is now,”

Among the speakers are Teresa Coons, AQCC member; Theo Colborn, director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX); and Jeremy Nichols, of the Wild Earth Guardians environmental organization, which has offices in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

The community center is located at 100 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs, near the Glenwood Meadows shopping center.

The forum is to be sponsored by several area organizations, including Roaring Fork Sierra Club, Wilderness Workshop, Western Colorado Congress, Conservation Colorado and the GVCA.

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