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Jun 5, 2013 10:28 AM by Eugene Daniels

Colorado reviewing Utah plan for drilling waste

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Colorado is reviewing a Utah company's proposal for an 800-acre oil and gas waste disposal facility southeast of De Beque.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/laqcq2v ), RN Industries of Roosevelt, Utah, wants to set up 27 evaporation ponds to handle hundreds of thousands of gallons of fluids.

It also would include two land farms for treating petroleum-contaminated soil so the soil can be reused, and a system that uses microbes to consume hydrocarbons to reduce volatile organic compounds enough to meet air quality standards.

The state will evaluate the proposal for compliance with regulations and laws designed to protect health and the environment. It will present its findings to Mesa County commissioners, who will ultimately decide whether to approve the plan.

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