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Small well operators say new EPA mandates could force them out of business

Chip Minty | The Oklahoman
A new wave of clean air rules administered by the Environmental Protection Agency are so technical and financially demanding that some small oil and natural gas producers may be forced to shut-in wells and go out of business.

That is the warning expressed in a legal action industry associations have filed in response to new greenhouse gas emissions standards the EPA has established for the oil and natural gas industry.

“It's going to be a burden,” said Darlene Wallace, chairman of the National Stripper Well Association. “They are imposing these regulations at a very bad time for our industry.”

Stripper wells, or marginal wells, are considered low-volume producers, typically less than 15 barrels per day. Operators have suffered for two years under lower oil and natural gas prices. Full Story