EPA Takes Regulatory Reins At Shale Hotspot On Indian Land

Law360, New York (August 16, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it would step in to regulate emissions from oil and natural gas activity on a North Dakota Indian reservation, a move that will provide operators some coveted legal cover on a drilling hotspot in the booming Bakken Shale.

Aiming to patch what it called a “regulatory gap,” the EPA issued a rule curbing emissions of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which lacks a tribe-enforced air quality plan regulating the hundreds of oil and...
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