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Fracing With Diesel Gets New EPA Standards Amid Industry Fight

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February 11, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued measures for using diesel in hydraulic fracturing, setting standards it said could be adopted by states to govern a process that has spurred the boom in natural gas production.

While drillers say diesel has mostly been phased out of the process called fracing, they sought to block the EPA’s criteria, saying it could lead to greater federal oversight and delays in getting permits.

The agency, in a statement Feb. 11, said the standards rely on state and industry best practices, and are part of ...

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