The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it will not set requirements for capturing air emissions from oil and gas wells until the year 2015. However, in the meantime, the EPA will set other requirements, including those regarding gas flaring – a process used to eliminate waste gas. It is anticipated that gas flaring will reduce the release of smog-forming and toxic chemicals by approximately 90 percent.
The issue of whether or not drilling emissions should be federally regulated has been a highly controversial issue over the past couple of years. The oil and gas industry has urged President Obama to open federal lands so that more drilling can be performed. At the same time, environmental groups have asked the EPA to take steps to lessen the potential harm to the environment caused by air emissions.
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