Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shale Drilling Faces EPA Crackdown

Wall Street journal
Shale Drilling Faces Crackdown
The Environmental Protection Agency will more closely regulate the use of diesel fuel in a drilling process used to recover natural gas, Administrator Lisa Jackson said Tuesday.

The EPA until recently hasn't moved to regulate hydraulic fracturing, a process that involves injecting various types of drilling fluids into wells to free oil and natural gas trapped in shale formations deep underground.

Instead, the EPA relied on state regulators, in part because Congress in 2005 exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the federal ...

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