The Post Independent recently reported Garfield County commissioners tentatively agreed to expand the area's air quality monitoring efforts, paying particular attention to oil and gas activity in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area. The plan includes the purchase of a mobile air monitoring station, which costs approximately $110,000.
The county already spends an estimated $172,000 annually to monitor and record air pollution levels. The new unit, which will test for a wider variety of compounds, will add another $62,000 to that cost, according to the news source. The goal of the initiative it to track how much pollution comes from oil and gas development in the region by establishing a baseline before proposed industry moves into the area.
"One of the goals here is to not use fear, and to have good information instead of reacting to the pressures of politics," Commission Chairman John Martin said at the work session.
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