DCP Operating Company fined $3.25M for leak that harmed Colorado air quality.

A Weld County natural gas operator will pay a $3.25 million fine and upgrade one of its plants to reduce harmful air emissions in an agreement with the state, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday. The grade will cost more than $1.5 million.

DCP Operating Company LP and five other subsidiaries of DCP Midstream LP were charged with thousands of failures to monitor and repair leaking equipment at eight natural gas processing plants, including six in the Front Range. Including counties that are already in trouble with the EPA for hazardous air quality. makes people sick and worsens climate change, according to a consent decree filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Colorado.

According to the consent decree, DCP will improve leak detection and repair six plants along the Front Range and repair two additional plants.

Federal and state officials said the deal is important because it will force the company to better maintain its plants and pipelines that send volatile organic compounds and other pollutants that contribute to the region’s already poor air quality. degrade and contribute to climate change.

The penalty will be shared between the federal and state governments.

Under the settlement, DCP, which is based in Denver, lost its Greeley, Kersey/Mewbourne, Platteville, Rogan, Spindle, O’Connor and Lucerne natural gas processing plants, as well as gas leak detection and repair methods. have agreed to strengthen Bighorn natural gas processing plant will be built.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, the company agreed to install equipment that leaks less pollution, quickly repair leaking equipment and train staff to detect and repair leaks. improve the It will also use optical gas imaging technology to improve leak detection and repair more quickly.