EPA targets air pollution from gas drilling boom...

By: AP
By: AP

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

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

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