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Feds issue new standards for fracturing

Jay Marks
The Daily Oklahoman
April 19, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued the first federal clean air standards for hydraulic fracturing. The new rules are meant to reduce harmful air pollution associated with oil and natural gas production.

Officials said the rules will not go into effect until 2015 to allow the industry to build up the necessary equipment to curb hazardous emissions, although many producers already use “green completion” methods to prevent gas from escaping their wells.

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