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Friday, September 30, 2011

EPA Talks About Fracking Rules


First hearing on proposed EPA fracking rules to be held in Pittsburgh
Friday, September 16, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold in Pittsburgh the first of three hearings on proposed oil and gas emissions standards, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the David Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
The rules are meant to control and reduce toxic air pollution from oil and gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, like those tapping into the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania and other Appalachian states.
Hearings will also be held Sept. 28 in Denver and Sept. 29 in Arlington, Texas.
The public can comment on the proposed rules -- the first changes in oil and gas emissions regulations in decades -- which would use existing technologies to reduce pollution from well drilling, leaking pipes, storage tanks and gas compressor stations that contributes to smog and can cause cancer. Those emissions control technologies, including capture of volatile organic compounds and other gases now routinely vented into the atmosphere, are already employed by some companies and required by some states, but not Pennsylvania.
The EPA must finalize the new emissions standards by Feb. 28, 2012, under a mandate in a court-ordered consent decree.
Persons wishing to present hearing testimony, limited to 5 minutes each, should contact Joan C. Rogers, USEPA, Office of Air Quality, Planning and Standards Sector Policies and Programs Division (E143- 03), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone: 1-919-541-4487; fax number: 1-919-541-3470; email: rogers.joanc@epa.gov(preferred method for registering), no later than 4 p.m., two business days prior to each hearing. The last day to register for the Pittsburgh hearing is next Friday.


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