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Jackson Co-op Cited For Gas Pipeline Emissions

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — State regulators say the pipeline that provides natural gas to Jackson is emitting too much gas into the atmosphere in Sublette County.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality issued a violation notice to Lower Valley Energy because of the emissions last month. The department and the electrical cooperative, which serves parts of western Wyoming and eastern Idaho, are currently in negotiations over a penalty.

The problem was found at a gas compression station in Sublette County, which sometimes has ozone-based air pollution that rivals that found in Los Angeles. DEQ says the co-op is routing vapors through a boiler instead of an emission control device.

The boiler hasn’t been fixed yet. Lower Valley wants to wait for warmer weather to do the construction work.

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