EPA Targets Air Pollution From Gas Drilling Boom

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is proposing for the
first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells,
particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic
fracturing.

The proposal, issued Thursday to meet a court deadline,
addresses air pollution problems reported in the midst of a natural
gas drilling boom in places such as Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania
and Colorado.

The regulations will nearly eliminate releases of smog- and
soot-forming pollutants from fractured wells, those drilled by
injecting sand, water and chemicals underground. New controls on
equipment and transmission pipelines will reduce toxic and
heat-trapping pollution from drilling sites on land.

The gases escape during drilling, along pipelines and from other
equipment.

The EPA says the rules will save companies about $30 million
annually.


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