Nine separate petitions for review were filed lask week in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for fracking well completions and revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for major sources at oil and gas production facilities. The petitioners include environmental groups, industry associations and the State of Texas.
Continue Reading Both Sides Challenge EPA’s New Fracking Air Emissions Rules

On September 19, NRDC announced the launch of its new Community Defense Fracking Project in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina. NRDC explained that the Project will offer assistance to local governments in these states “that want added control over the siting of and/or protections against the harms of fracking in their communities.” In particular, NRDC will assist in drafting local laws and land use plans relating to fracking and defend related zoning provisions and other local laws in court. NRDC indicates that the Project was established to defend a community’s “right to enact local laws to project public health, safety, morals, and general welfare.”
Continue Reading NRDC Offers Assistance to Communities Impacted by Fracking in Five States

Last week, EPA issued a final rule imposing New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) on fracking well completions.  The rule applies to new gas wells and refractured gas wells, which are considered “modifications” subject to NSPS.  Under the new rule, fracking operators must use reduced emission completions, also known as RECs or green completions, to reduce

The American Petroleum Institute and America’s Natural Gas Alliance sponsored a report finding that EPA’s proposed hydraulic fracturing study plan could be improved in several areas.  The report finds that the proposed EPA study reaches beyond the scope of Congress’s stated purpose – studying the relationship between fracking and drinking water.  Rather than focus on