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Utility GHG Rule Due Early 2012

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says the agency's delayed proposal to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants is due for release early next year, roughly six months later than EPA originally agreed to under a consent decree deadline that has twice been postponed.

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States Delay Gas Compressor Air Rule To Weigh Expansion, Industry Data

WILMINGTON, DE -- State air officials are postponing until next year a highly anticipated model rule to cut ozone-forming emissions from natural gas compressors, citing a need for more industry feedback on the feasibility and cost of the rule even while the states weigh a possible expansion of the rule to include other gas industry sources.

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EPA Study Hints At Fracking As Source Of Drinking Water Contamination

EPA's research office is probing a Wyoming contamination case after the latest round of monitoring point to hydraulic fracturing as a potential contributor to drinking water pollution, a finding that if confirmed is likely to intensify calls for EPA to regulate the controversial natural gas extraction practice.

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EPA Poised To Settle Industry Suit Over Controversial Diesel Fracking Policy

EPA appears poised to settle an industry lawsuit challenging its informal policy requiring permits for fracking operations that use diesel fuel, a planned settlement that raises questions about the fate of the agency's pending guide for how to permit operations that use diesel fuels -- the only fracking injection process EPA has authority to regulate.

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DOE Panel Urges EPA To Strengthen Proposed Air Rules For 'Fracking'

The Energy Department (DOE) panel developing advice to limit the risks of hydraulic fracturing is urging EPA to strengthen its pending air rules for the oil and gas sector to regulate emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that the agency has so far declined to regulate directly, and to extend the rules to existing sources not just the “new” sources EPA is proposing to regulate.

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Exelon Touts EPA Rules' Benefits

The retiring chairman of “clean” utility Exelon Corporation is offering strong support for EPA's power plant emission rules, arguing that the rules and market forces will lead to an energy sector dominated by natural gas and with lower greenhouse gas emissions, at marginal costs to consumers.

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Northeast States To Debate Revised Model Air Rule For Gas Compressors

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state officials are slated to meet later this week to debate a revised model rule for cutting ozone-forming emissions from natural gas compressors that would delay the rule's implementation from 2015 to 2016, in response to industry concerns that an earlier draft of the plan was infeasible to meet by the 2015 target.

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Agencies Carve Out 'Lanes' For Avoiding Duplication In Fracking Oversight

Obama administration officials are highlighting a new strategy for ensuring that research and oversight of hydraulic fracturing operations is not duplicative, optimizes collaboration and capitalizes on core capabilities of EPA, Department of Energy (DOE) and the Interior Department (DOI), carving out a “lane” of scrutiny for each agency to pursue.

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Suit Marks Test Of EPA's Use Of 'Aggregation' To Permit Oil, Gas Facilities

A pending industry suit is testing EPA's controversial policy for when regulators must "aggregate" emissions from oil and gas operations to determine whether they are subject to strict “major” source permits, though activists are hoping the court backs the agency's decision to strictly regulate a gas field in Michigan, setting a precedent for other permits.

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Pennsylvania 'Aggregation' Guidance Sets First-Time Boundary Definition

New draft guidance by Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) floats a first-time regulatory definition of a quarter mile for the boundary for determining when nearby oil and gas emissions must be "aggregated," or grouped together, for permitting purposes and subject to strict Clean Air Act pollution controls.

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