April 13, 2008

Oil and Gas in the Hot Seat

The oil and gas industry is going to have to do more to cut its ozone forming pollution in the Denver metro area.  That's good news considering the industry releases more ozone forming compounds than cars and trucks in the Denver metro area.

According to a presentation by the Air Pollution Control Division, just one source related to oil and gas--large condensate tanks--releases 111 tons of ozone forming compounds daily.  Cars and trucks release 108 tons daily.  Below is a picture of a condensate tank north of Denver.  Check out this video (~ 6 MB) to see what ozone forming pollution from these tanks really looks like.

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