Pinedale, Wy – The state Department of Environmental Quality says it has created new rules to keep air pollution from getting worse in Pinedale. The DEQ says it will push companies to offset any new minor pollution sources by eliminating pollution elsewhere in their operations. Minor sources would include small pieces of equipment in the gas and oil fields. Director John Corra says it's an interim rule.
"What we mean by interim is, we may make that policy final, but we wanted to make sure that industry knew that we're not done looking at our regulatory tools."
The DEQ has maintained that drill rigs are a mobile source of pollution, and only California has won the right to regulate that. Still, Corra says he's met a few times with energy company officials and they have agreed to voluntarily take steps to reduce pollution.