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EPA Steps Into Fray Over Fracking

Natural gas is burned off next to reservoirs used for fracking at an oil well in North Dakota.(KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Clare Foran
February 12, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released guidelines for the use of diesel fuel in fracking operations.

According to the EPA, the guidance will inform how the agency writes permits aimed at protecting underground stores of drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The law requires that any driller using diesel fuel to frack a well must obtain a permit from the agency.

The guidance is likely to face pushback from the natural-gas industry. Environmental groups, however, welcomed the news.

 

"The EPA has made a small step toward curbing one of the many threats from fracking," Environment America's Clean Water Program director Courtney Abrams told The Hill.

The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management, meanwhile, is separately working to finalize regulations for fracking on public lands.

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