Thursday, April 19, 2012

EPA Air Quality Rules Released

This week, the EPA released its long-awaited rules governing air quality and hydraulic fracturing.  The rules cover gas wells, compressor stations and the transmission network and require a "reduced emission completion" process to capture gas that could otherwise escape and lead to smog or a buildup of greenhouse gasses. The rules are required by the Clean Air Act and the release is timed to meet a deadline created by a court order resulting from lawsuits from environmental groups.

The energy industry so far has offered little public gnashing and wailing, possibly because the EPA has delayed implementation of these rules until January 2015 to give the industry time to comply.

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