Colo. Oil And Gas Well Owners Can't Ditch Pollution Claims

By Michael Phillis (May 4, 2020, 4:18 PM EDT) -- A Colorado federal judge has refused to throw out WildEarth Guardians' claims that seven oil and gas companies violated the Clean Air Act by releasing emissions from Denver-area wells without first receiving the proper permits.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson on Friday sustained the environmental group's claims that the oil and gas facilities were built and started up with high levels of actual emissions but skirted more cumbersome CAA requirements that apply to major emissions sources by delaying their permit applications under a part of the law that applies to sources that emit less pollution.

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