Volume 89 Issue 35 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 29, 2011

EPA Takes Aim At Fracking Emissions

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: air pollution, fracking

EPA is proposing new regulations aimed at limiting air pollution from oil and natural gas drilling operations, including the first standard for wells that are hydraulically fractured. The proposal would trim emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds by about one-fourth, with an almost 95% reduction in such discharges from new and updated gas wells using fracturing technology. The drilling technique, commonly known as fracking, involves the injection of water, sand, and chemical additives into . . .

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