Colorado air pollution hearings continue

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Colorado health officials have extended air pollution talks through the weekend on a sweeping plan to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling.

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission wrapped up a third day of public testimony Friday and said it would return Saturday for more feedback.

The Commission is preparing a final pollution update for the state's booming oil and gas industry. The plan includes the nation's first statewide limit on methane emissions from oil and gas production, plus new infrared monitoring on leaks from oil and gas storage facilities.

State officials say the updated air rules would dramatically reduce emissions of the gases that contribute to ozone pollution. Large energy producers have backed the plan, though some industry groups say the new rules unfairly burden small companies.