New data will help Colorado study health effects of fracking

CSU research associate Kira Shonkwiler (front) and student Landan MacDonald set up a weather station in Garfield County, Colorado, as part of a study on air pollution from fracking wells. A study of air pollution from western Colorado fracking wells released Tuesday found the highest rate of emissions came just after fracking was completed.

DENVER (AP) - New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.

A three-year study released Tuesday measured methane - a greenhouse gas - and ozone-causing compounds that were released from new natural gas wells in western Colorado.

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