Air Pollution-Drilling Colorado Panel OKs New Oil and Gas Drilling Rules

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) - Colorado air quality officials have approved a sweeping plan to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling.

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission voted 8-1 Sunday to enact new rules for drillers, including the nation's first statewide limit on methane emissions.

The panel's decision comes after a public hearing in Aurora that began Wednesday.

State officials say the updated rules will 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.

The Air Quality Control Commission says in a statement that Gov. John Hickenlooper will talk about the new rules at a news conference Tuesday.

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