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EPA Faces Likely Industry Challenge To Fracking Guide's 'Diesel' Definition

Industry is vowing to challenge a seemingly broad definition of “diesel” EPA appears to be using in its draft guidance on permitting hydraulic fracturing operations under the drinking water law, saying the definition is unlawful because it targets chemicals beyond “diesel fuels” and oversteps the agency's Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) powers.

“We think the law says [EPA has the power to regulate] 'diesel fuels',” not the more general term, “diesel,” one industry attorney says.

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Despite Court Battle, DOJ Vows Strict Enforcement For Fracking Operations

The Justice Department's (DOJ) top environmental official is vowing to strictly enforce environmental laws against hydraulic fracturing operations even as the department is facing skepticism from a federal appellate court panel over what courts can consider when reviewing pre-enforcement actions.

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Industry Criticizes Deadlines, Feasibility Of EPA Fracking Well Air Rules

Oil and gas industry groups are criticizing what they see as EPA's too-short compliance deadline for its first-time rules limiting emissions from hydraulic fracturing wells and revised rules for other oil and gas drilling, saying  companies need more time to comply in order to build the emissions controls necessary to meet the rules' requirements.

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GOP Senators Call For DOE Advisers To Limit EPA Role In Shale Gas Rules

Several Republican senators are urging a Department of Energy (DOE) advisory panel to focus its recommendations for improving the safety of shale gas development on limiting EPA's and other agencies' role in regulating the industry sector and instead highlighting the effectiveness of state rules in mitigating the industry's environmental risks.

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