A 1st For Fracking: EPA's Air Emissions Regulations

Law360, New York (May 11, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT) -- On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule[1] regulating the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and certain other pollutants[2] emitted by hydraulic fracturing and certain equipment used in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Most prominently, the rule marks the first time that the EPA will regulate air emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations — by mandating significant reductions in VOC emissions through the use of “green completions,” devices that capture, rather than combust, gas...
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