EPA To Develop Natural Gas Wastewater Standards



WASHINGTON (Dow Jones Newswires), Oct. 20, 2011

U.S. officials plan to create new environmental standards for natural gas production and coal bed methane extraction.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it plans to propose new rules for wastewater associated with shale gas in 2014 and for coal bed methane extraction in 2013.

The EPA said that some wastewater from shale gas extraction is currently taken to treatment plants that are not equipped to properly handle the wastewater. The agency said that wastewater associated with coal bed methane extraction is not currently subject to national standards for discharge into waterways.

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