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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Feds Propose Efficiencies For Gas Well Air Pollution

EPA proposes to limit emissions from gas drilling


The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new regulations of air emissions from natural gas drilling late Thursday afternoon.

The new rules were required by a settlement agreement in a lawsuit filed against the EPA in 2010 by environmental groups WildEarth Guardians and San Juan Citizens Alliance, represented by the public interest law firm Earthjustice.

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, noted that the Obama administration “has been clear that natural gas is a key component of our clean energy future,” and said the new rules would cut toxic pollution “while giving these operators additional product to bring to market.”

This reduction would largely be accomplished by capturing natural gas that currently escapes to the air and making that gas available for sale through technologies and processes already in use by several companies and required in some states. More...

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