Groundbreaking CSU study of oil and gas wells offers new pollution insight

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - A groundbreaking new study on air pollution from oil and gas wells along Colorado’s Front Range indicates that pollution levels are higher during relatively short periods of time before wells go into production than they are in the years that follow.

Jeffrey Collett, professor and head of Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, on Thursday presented the results of the study to the Air Quality Control Commission, part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

“There was a focus on new wells and completions — an area that hasn’t received any study,” Collett said during the presentation.

Will Allison, the director of the CDPHE’s air pollution division, called the work of Collett’s team “great, important information.”

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