There are currently 22 centralized evaporation pond facilities in the state and more on the way. According to the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division’s oil and gas team they’re getting a couple applications every year. This is a big concern among environmentalists because they feel that the lack of reliable data that measures how much is in and being emitted from these evaporation ponds should more and more applications be accepted. In 2008 a facility outside DeBeque had to be shut down after allowing more waste than its permit allowed and not reporting or cleaning the spill. It reopened in 2010 and got the go ahead to expand this past December. To add more controversy apparently the regulations for larger facilities are still not clear and many agencies do not have enough data to know how to adjust those regulations.