Methane Capture Rules
In 2014, our ongoing effort to work with the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) culminated in passing new methane rules for Colorado. The air quality safeguards are estimated to reduce smog-causing pollutants by 90,000 tons per year — a pollution reduction equivalent to taking every car and truck in Colorado off the roads for a year. Most notably, the rules make Colorado the first state in the nation to directly regulate methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Conservation Colorado played a lead role in getting strong rules across the finish line by mobilizing constituencies impacted by pooer air quality. More than one hundred Coloradans made their voices heard in public hearings, and over 17,000 Coloradans submitted comments to the AQCC calling for strong air quality safeguards.
Colorado’s own leading methane safeguards are proof that we can grow our economy while having strong standards that are sensible and effective. These rules are good for the climate, good for public health, and good for business — they minimize leaks and are cost-effective for the industry.
These rules acted as a blueprint for the nation in 2016, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) followed Colorado’s lead and created a similar methane standard. This national standard for regulating methane leaks on public lands will go a long way in reducing climate change causing methane leakage from oil and gas operations and will make substantial progress in tackling asthma-inducing ozone pollution.
Our work continues as we lend both advocacy and organizing support to see the new national standards implemented in ways that will create meaningful change to our climate and public health.
How Conservation Colorado achieved our goal of setting the strongest-in-the-nation air quality protections. Read here >>
“These rules have the power to:
Improve public health by reducing air pollution from oil and gas.
Make Colorado a leader in fighting climate change.
Prevent the wasteful and polluting leakage of the very resource operators intend to capture.”
Colorado Well-Positioned For EPA Methane Rules, But Problem Worse Than Thought
Colorado Public Radio – Aug. 18, 2015