Noble Energy, a major oil and gas driller, has agreed to pay more than $73 million in a settlement with state and federal regulators over Colorado Front Range air-pollution violations. It was reported that the company’s tank batteries were emitting thousands of tons of chemicals a year, contributing to the region’s ozone pollution problem.
The company has agreed to evaluate its 3,400 tank batteries in the Denver-Julesburg basin, which stretches from Denver to the Wyoming border, and make the needed upgrades. Noble has agreed to spend $60 million in improvements. A $4.95 million civil penalty will be split between the federal government and the state. Colorado will receive about $1.5 million.
Source: The Denver Post
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