EPA's Fair Air Rules For Fracking Emissions

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT) -- On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final rules to reduce by 95 percent certain air emissions from hydraulically fractured wells. These rules add new source performance standards (NSPS) and amend existing national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPs) for the oil and gas industry.

Just prior to the rules being released, we published an article in Law360 that asked if, in light of several recent studies highlighting air emissions from fracking operations, air quality issues might vie with water for...
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