Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Separating fracked from fiction: The truth about the American Petroleum Institute’s attacks on EPA’s new air pollution standards for natural gas fracking

NEW YORK, NY— “In his January State of the Union Address, President Obama committed to developing our nation’s abundant shale gas resources ‘without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.’  Taking a major step to fulfill that commitment, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to set standards to begin controlling the dangerous air pollution that comes from natural gas wells – especially those that are hydraulically fractured (‘fracked’) – and from related oil and gas production facilities.

These important public health safeguards are now under final review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and must be issued by April 17th under a court-ordered deadline obtained by two western environmental groups, WildEarth Guardians and the San Juan Citizens Alliance.  NRDC has been working hard, along with partner organizations, for the strongest protections from the soup of dangerous air pollutants coming from these wells and associated oil and gas production operations. But the standards are under attack from the American Petroleum Institute and other powerful industry lobbyists.”

— David Doniger, NRDC Switchboard

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