Industry requests that EPA adjust schedule for new drilling rules

04/12/2012 | FuelFix.com

The Environmental Protection Agency should give oil and natural gas companies more time to comply with an emissions-reduction policy governing natural gas drilling operations, industry groups said. Emissions-cutting equipment isn't widely available enough to satisfy the rule, which is set to be implemented next week, said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. "The equipment required to reduce these emissions is not produced on an assembly line where someone can instantly ramp up production. It must be carefully built one-by-one in machine shops, and this takes time," said Howard Feldman, API's director of regulatory and scientific affairs.

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