Gas rules to be costly, industry says

State low-balled price tag on regulations, groups say

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Get Ready for a 20-30% increase in your utility bill and pump prices back up over $4.00 / gal.

Sounds just like the auto makers saying in the 1970’s that if they made cars less polluting, they would be way too expensive. I wish the oil and gas companies would say, “yes, we can reduce our emissions and it’s the right corporate thing to do!”

Did either side in this stand-off calculate the costs of unhealthy citizens. They lose days at work, which costs employers both in terms of production and sick pay.They rack up medical expenses, which is paid for by insurance companies, the individual, or the rest of us if they are uninsured. When did profit of one industry take precedent over the health of a community?

If the oil and gas industry’s own estimate that “leak detection and repair requirements for well production facilities and compressor stations would cost $128.6 million a year, compared to less than $14 million under the Air Pollution Control Division’s own estimate,” then the amount of leaking going on is significant and needs to be regulated. So by their own admission, the problem is bigger than what the state estimates. Why are they reluctant to fix a problem they have created?

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