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Letter: Scientific facts on air quality in our county are appreciated

Recently, several local groups held an informational forum on “Air Quality in the Gaslands.” As a retired science teacher I appreciated hearing information about the impacts of oil and gas operations on our air quality in Garfield County.

Key facts that I learned are that some of the airborne emissions from oil and gas operations are the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as ethylbenzene, toluene, styrene, xylene and benzene. Oil and gas facilities also leak harmful toxins that form ground-level ozone, which is known to exacerbate those with asthma, impact young children, the elderly and other sensitive populations.

Right now, the Air Quality Control Commission is drafting rules that could limit air pollution by requiring controls for these dangerous chemicals. New rules by the Air Quality Control Commission are an opportunity for oil and gas companies to capture pollution that poses threats our health.

Please contact Gov. Hickenlooper to show your support for rules that protect the air that we breathe.

Joyce Wizer


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