EPA States New Fracking Pollution Standards

EPA States New Fracking Pollution Standards

(WYOMING NEWS SERVICE) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has released regulations aimed at cutting down air pollution due to natural gas drilling, according to a press release from Wyoming News Service.

Starting in January of 2015, drillers using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will have to trap the gas and fumes released by the broken shale, and by June of 2015, drillers will have to use another method of extracting the gas, called “flaring,” to reduce gas emissions.

Research from the Colorado School of Public Health found people who live near drilling sites have higher-than-average incidences of cancer and asthma-related health issues. Robin Cooley, attorney for Earthjustice.

Gina McCarthy with the EPA said developers will be required to get new equipment to comply with the regulations, but the investment should quickly pay for itself. Also, about half of existing wells already have gas recapture systems in place.

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