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EPA Emissions Rule Shows Improvements

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 18, 2012

It will take some time to fully digest the EPA’s new rule governing emissions from oil and natural gas production, including hydraulic fracturing, but it’s clear the agency heard industry’s concerns and worked to improve the regulation from its preliminary version.

Significantly, companies will have until 2015 to comply with some of the requirements of the new rule. Industry had maintained more time was needed to develop the equipment needed for compliance and to train workers to use it. Howard Feldman, API’s director of regulatory and scientific affairs on the final rule:

“The industry has led efforts to reduce emissions by developing new technologies that were adopted in the rule.  EPA has made some improvements in the rules that allow our companies to continue reducing emissions while producing the oil and natural gas our country needs. This is a large and complicated rulemaking for an industry so critical to the economy, and we need to thoroughly review the final rule to fully understand its impacts.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.