EPA holds hearing in Denver on oil and gas rules
The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) – The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a hearing in Denver on proposed rules for limiting air pollution at oil and gas wells.
Dozens of people spoke at a hearing Tuesday in Pittsburgh on the rules. Dozens more are registered to speak Wednesday in Denver and Thursday in Arlington, Texas.
The energy industry is asking the EPA to take more time to rethink its proposed rules for limiting air pollution at oil and gas wells.
Environmental groups, though, argue the proposal could go further.
The EPA’s proposal includes what would be its first regulations for wells that are hydraulically fractured by blasting water, chemicals and sand underground.
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The new rules would focus on having operators capture and sell natural gas that now escapes into the air.