Ozone task force members call for more work

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) -
Members of a disbanded task force say Wyoming regulators should do more to fight potential ozone pollution in the Pinedale area.

The Upper Green River Basin experienced high wintertime ozone between 2008 and 2011. Weather conditions played a role in turning emissions related to gas production into ozone pollution.

A task force created to address the problem made recommendations to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. The department adopted the recommendations and the group disbanded last year.

Now, a report signed by seven of the group's 28 members says the state has made progress but can do more. The Casper Star-Tribune reports the group recommends curtailing emissions from gas-drilling rigs and equipment used to complete wells.

Department officials say they're developing new regulations to address emissions from existing facilities.

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