“We didn’t expect to see so much fugitive emissions.”
The Aspen Times reports:
Ozone-forming air pollution measured along the Colorado Front Range by scientists is up to twice the amount that government regulators have calculated should exist, according to a new study.
The researchers pinpoint oil and gas development as the main source — a finding that could have broad implications for the petroleum industry across the Rocky Mountain region.
The Front Range in recent years hasn’t met U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for ozone pollution during the summertime. A similar problem occurs in the growing gas fields of western Wyoming and eastern Utah during the winter, when conditions including bright sunshine, temperature inversions and snow on the ground help stimulate ozone formation.
Ozone levels in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Basin last winter exceeded some of the worst days in big cities during the summertime, causing some to complain of itchy eyes and nosebleeds and Wyoming regulators to urge children and the elderly to stay indoors…
Nosebleeds from smog?