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USGS Lead On Fracking Contamination Study Could Target Data Concerns

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) appears to be taking the lead role in a new round of groundwater testing planned to help support EPA’s preliminary finding that natural gas drilling activities may have contaminated a Wyoming aquifer, an industry source says, a move that may help to quell criticisms EPA is using a flawed study method.

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Colorado Analysis Flags Fracking Risks

University of Colorado researchers are warning that residents living within half a mile of natural gas drilling sites face potential human health impacts associated with air emissions from the operations, according to a recently completed risk assessment.

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States Push Nat Gas Vehicle Deployment Plan Amid EPA Air Quality Fears

A coalition of state governments is advancing a plan to create a new market for light-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) through a multi-state procurement agreement intended to send a powerful market signal to build the vehicles, while also focusing on EPA air quality rules as an incentive for NGVs, says a state official involved in the effort.

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Democratic Senators Seek 'Time Out' To Assess Impacts Of Exporting LNG

Two Democratic senators are urging the Obama administration to put off decisions related to exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), to allow for additional research into the potential economic, environmental and infrastructure impacts.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) both spoke to what is becoming an increasingly divisive issue among manufacturers, utilities and energy producers during a March 20 panel, "Unleashing Potential: Finding the Best Regulatory Environment to Boost Responsible Natural Gas Production," hosted by National Journal in Washington, DC.

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New Study Could Help EPA Address Growing Seismic Risks From Fracking

The Obama administration's call for Congress to fund an expanded study on the risks of hydraulic fracturing could help EPA determine whether its rules are adequate to address potential seismic risks stemming from wastewater disposal from the gas drilling practice, concerns that have been heightened by Ohio's recent finding that a series of quakes were caused by such disposal.

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GAO Produced Water Study Could Boost Industry Push To Stop Gas ELGs

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, which found that produced water associated with natural gas development widely varies according to region, could bolster industry efforts to push back against forthcoming EPA wastewater rules for the natural gas drilling sector.

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California Plant's GHG Permit Could Set Precedent For Backup Power

EPA Region IX officials are struggling to finalize a proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limit for a California simple-cycle, natural gas-fired peaking power plant that will back up renewable energy facilities, in a decision that could set a national precedent for other backup power sources, sources say.

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EPA Examining Existing Authorities To Step Up Regulation Of Fracking

EPA is conducting a broad review of its legal authorities to increase its oversight of hydraulic fracturing and bypass statutory exemptions that may make it difficult for the agency to regulate some practices, a review that some sources say is getting a boost by President Obama's calls for safe development of natural gas resources.

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EPA Seeks More Time From Industry To Craft Revised Diesel Fracking Policy

EPA is seeking more time from industry groups to revise its policy for permitting hydraulic fracturing operations that use diesel fuel in their fluid under its underground injection control (UIC) program, sources say.

The agency missed a March 15 deadline to soften its informal policy recommending that drillers using diesel fuel in their fracking fluid seek strict Class II underground injection control (UIC) permits, changes that are required by a recent settlement with industry groups that feared the policy could subject companies that used the fuel to retroactive enforcement.

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API Faces Doubts Over Alleged Economic Harm From EPA Fracking Rules

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is facing questions over a new study claiming that forthcoming EPA rules limiting air emissions from hydraulic fracturing are infeasible and will drastically curtail extraction because an earlier natural gas industry study showed that many drillers are already complying with the rule's expected requirements.

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