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How Ozone May Impact the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Pl.
Denver, CO 80204

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Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM MDT
Category: Speaker Series

How Ozone May Impact the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Air quality in the Denver Metro and North Front Range region is improving, but ozone concentrations remain above federal health-based standards. The region was "bumped up" to a Moderate ozone nonattainment area in 2016 and could become a Serious nonattainment area if concentrations exceed the federal standard. Colorado is hard at work to reduce ozone, protect public health, and avoid the burdensome regulations that apply to Serious nonattainment areas. 

Mr. Colclasure will describe Colorado's current ozone regulations, the requirements the oil and natural gas industry could face if the region fails to meet federal standards, and the steps being taken to improve ozone. He will also discuss the steps every company can take to help prevent the state from being subject to new requirements.

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Online registration closes 48 hours prior. As a reminder, all sales are final; however, guest substitutions are available up to 24 hours prior to the event.

About the Speaker:

Chris Colclasure is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division. Chris leads a team that develops statewide policies for reducing emissions and improving air quality in a cost-effective manner through a combination of regulatory and non-regulatory measures. Chris manages initiatives to attain federal ozone standards in the Denver Metro/North Front Range nonattainment area, improve visibility in federal Class I areas, decrease nitrogen deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. He directs Colorado's implementation of the Volkswagen emissions settlement and recently published the state's plan to spend $68 million of environmental mitigation trust funds to lower emissions of nitrogen oxides while promoting the adoption of alternative fuel and zero emission vehicles. Chris oversaw the 2017 revisions to Colorado’s leak detection rules for oil and natural gas facilities and is leading a stakeholder process to evaluate potential statewide hydrocarbon emission reduction strategies. Before moving to his current position, Chris practiced air quality and environmental law at a Denver-based law firm. He continues to practice law as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves.