The issuance of proposed emissions rules covering oil and natural gas drilling operations will be delayed for about two weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency said, adding that more time is needed to study input from the public. The proposed rules could slow drilling using hydraulic fracturing, because companies won't be able to acquire the necessary emissions-reduction equipment immediately, according to the American Petroleum Institute. "I want to be clear that we are not opposing the rule but stating that the rule needs to change in key areas to avoid negative impacts to domestic production and job creation," said Jack Gerard, API's president and CEO.

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