Friday, April 20, 2012

EPA Delays New Emissions Requirements Until 2015

EPA gives oil companies more time to capture emissions from wells
byy Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, Published: April 18 The Washington Post 

[Excerpted" The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it will delay requirements for capturing air emissions from oil and gas wells until 2015, though in the interim the agency will impose other requirements, including gas flaring, that it said would reduce the release of smog-forming and toxic chemicals by 90 percent.

The move represents a victory for firms that use hydraulic fracturing to tap natural gas resources trapped in shale rock. The American Petroleum Institute, which has been harshly critical of the Obama administration’s policies, said EPA’s final rules made “constructive changes” from rules the agency proposed earlier...."

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