Sep 2, 2011 5:43 PM by Gene Cotton

Ozone rule status quo for Rockies gas drilling

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming congressional leaders say they're glad the Obama administration has backed away from lowering the federal limit for ozone pollution, but environmentalists say it is stepping away from fixing the state's ozone problem.

Last winter, ozone levels near gas drilling areas in the Upper Green River Basin topped the worst days in Los Angeles all last year.

Ozone also is becoming a problem near gas fields in Colorado and Utah.

Obama overruled the Environmental Protection Agency and scientific advisers Friday by scrapping plans to lower the nationwide ozone limit.

Wyoming's Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis welcomed the news, saying a tougher ozone standard would have cost jobs and hurt the economy. The Wyoming Outdoor Council says "the sky has never fallen" with the economy because of pollution controls.




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