A 26-member task force in Sublette County, Wyo. has recommended improving monitoring and reporting in the Upper Green River Basin to reduce ozone levels, according to a release from the University of Wyoming. With intensive oil and gas development in the area, illegal levels of ozone have been recorded on recent winter days.
The Air Quality Citizens Advisory Task Force, made up of community members, was formed to recommend possible solutions to the elevated ozone levels, which have lowered air quality to below national standards in the area.
The recommendations – ten in all – were presented to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in Sept. 2012 and include calls for improving mobile exploration, enhancing leak detection and strengthening DEQ involvement in monitoring. After DEQ evaluates the recommendations, the task force is to be reconvened to hear how the agency will implement its suggestions.
Image: A bridge over the Green River in Sublette County, Wyo. (Credit: Clayton B. Fraser, via Wikimedia Commons)