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  •  Safe Water Drinking Act of 2005 won't let... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...fracking be regulated to protect groundwater, but there is a weak fracking rule the EPA issued in 2012 regarding air pollution:

    On April 17, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued cost-effective regulations, required by the Clean Air Act, to reduce harmful air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry while allowing continued, responsible growth in U.S. oil and natural gas production. The final rules include the first federal air standards for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, along with requirements for several other sources of pollution in the oil and gas industry that currently are not regulated at the federal level. Based on public comment, EPA made a number of changes to the proposed rules to increase compliance flexibility while maintaining comparable environmental benefits, streamline notification, recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and strengthen accountability.
    More needed.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Jun 23, 2014 at 03:03:20 PM PDT

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    •  oil and gas operations are not exempt from (0+ / 0-)

      the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, even if oil and gas hydrocarbon extraction wells are exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act requirement for underground injection well permits.  

      All other general duties and requirements of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, other than the requirement for underground injection control permits, are applicable to the oil and gas industry.

      EPA Region 6 used the authority of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act in addressing that case of gas intrusion to drinking water wells in Parker County Texas.

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