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4:54 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Proposed natural gas plant kindles air quality concerns in Douglas

Douglas residents are concerned about emissions from a proposed natural gas processing plant on the outskirts of town. Texas-based Crestwood Midstream Partners’ Douglas facility would process 120 million cubic feet of raw natural gas per day. Residents wrote to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, worried about carbon dioxide and formaldehyde emissions, among other things.

Cole Anderson is in charge of Wyoming’s air quality permitting process. He says the DEQ  has reviewed the company’s proposed emissions, and found them to meet state standards.

 “We’re looking out as far as 25 kilometers from the facility," Anderson says. "We’re looking as close as directly on the facility fence line as well.”

DEQ is holding a public hearing about the air quality permit Wednesday in Douglas, starting at 6 p.m. Anderson says that’s an opportunity for concerned citizens to point out problems with the models or emissions monitoring criteria.

Crestwood is holding a public meeting Tuesday, where residents are likely to raise other concerns about the plant’s siting and impacts on the community.