EPA To Probe Fracking Water Treatment For Future Rules

Law360, New York (November 16, 2011, 3:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s wastewater management chief told Congress on Wednesday that the EPA would investigate the treatment of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, with an eye on setting new standards for discharges from natural gas drilling.

The move is part of a rulemaking the EPA launched in mid-October to regulate pretreated waste sent to publicly owned treatment works from drilling operations in the Marcellus shale and other gas-rich formations.

EPA Wastewater Management Director Jim Hanlon said in a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee hearing that...
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