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EPA holds hearing in Denver on oil and gas rules

CATHERINE TSAI
The Associated Press
Rich Antonucci, right, who owns a 50-acre farm in Richmond, Ohio, signs a petition at the Sierra Club table outside a public hearing held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on proposed rules to reduce air pollution from oil and gas drilling operations in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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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.


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