EPA Head Says New Fracking Air Quality Regs Coming Soon


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As the New Jersey legislature votes to ban fracking, some word on what the EPA is doing to minimize the environmental damage which could be caused with unregulated hydraulic fracturing: Natural Gas Watch reports that EPA head Lisa Jackson has said that there may soon be Federal regulations dealing with air pollution caused by the natural gas extraction process.On the air quality issues, Jackson said:

You are going to have huge smog problems where you never had them before. There is a lot of activity around those wells and that has an impact on air quality...The EPA will soon be coming out with regulations to deal with the air quality around natural gas production.

The new rules are expected to come as EPA finishes its two year study on the environmental impacts of fracking.

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