Noble Energy to address air pollution from storage tanks and pay fine for past violations

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a settlement with Noble Energy for violation of the state’s air quality regulations. Noble Energy has agreed to systemwide upgrades and to fund projects to reduce emissions.

In 2012, state and federal inspectors found noncompliance with the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission’s Regulation No. 7 at select Noble facilities in the region. The cited violations related to excess emissions of volatile organic compounds due to overpressurization and venting from storage tanks. 

Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said, “While this issue predates the Air Commission’s 2014 revisions to air regulations, the new rules include provisions specifically designed to prevent venting of volatile organic compounds from storage tanks.” ... more

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