The Environmental Protection Agency released guidelines Thursday for how the oil and natural gas industry can reduce smog-forming emissions in areas that violate health standards for ozone. The control techniques guideline defines which technologies are reasonable for oil and gas systems to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, and isn’t a rule in itself. But it still provoked a polarized response from the environmental advocates and the oil and gas industry. (Morning Consult, Washington Examiner)
Paso mayor shifts stance on oil trains as council skips chance to oppose project
San Luis Obispo Tribune | Lindsey Holden
The Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday again declined to take a strong stance on local oil-by-rail politics — over the objections of Mayor Steve Martin, a county Board of Supervisors candidate who has changed his stance on the trains. Council members voted 4-1 in favor of writing a letter to the Board of Supervisors expressing their concerns about crude oil-toting trains moving through the city.
What would it mean for Los Angeles to go 100% renewable?
Environmental Defense Fund | Irene Burga
The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a unanimous resolution requiring Los Angeles Department of Water and Power – the largest municipally-owned utility in the country — to study how the city can achieve a 100% clean energy future. With help from research partners, including academic institutions, the U.S. Department of Energy, and environmental and consumer groups, the study has the potential to become a foundational roadmap for running the utility on only clean and renewable energy.
House Dems push EPA on fracking study
The Hill | Devin Henry
A group of House Democrats on Thursday urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider a major agency report on hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. A draft version of the EPA’s study concluded last year that fracking doesn’t have a major impact on drinking water supplies around the country. In August, the agency’s independent Science Advisory Board said the agency should bolster its report and “provide quantitative analysis that supports its conclusion that hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.” In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, more than 50 Democrats, led by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), said the agency should follow the board’s advice before finalizing the fracking study.
EPA Releases Ozone Guidelines for Oil, Natural Gas Systems
Morning Consult | Jack Fitzpatrick
The Environmental Protection Agency released guidelines Thursday for how the oil and natural gas industry can reduce smog-forming emissions in areas that violate health standards for ozone. The control techniques guideline defines which technologies are reasonable for oil and gas systems to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, and isn’t a rule in itself. But it still provoked a polarized response from the environmental advocates and the oil and gas industry.
EPA issues rules to curb smog from fracking wells
Washington Examiner | John Siciliano
The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules Thursday to cut smog-forming ozone emissions from fracking. The new rules, although nonbinding, are meant to help states reduce volatile organic compounds that are the building blocks of asthma-causing ozone by helping the states choose the best ways to cut the emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.
Environmentalists: Fracking Could Pollute Iconic Texas Park
Public News Service | Mark Richardson
Environmentalists are deeply concerned over plans by a Texas oil company to drill thousands of wells near iconic Balmorhea State Park in the Big Bend region. Houston-based Apache Corporation has leased 300,000 acres surrounding the environmentally sensitive park and plans to use fracking techniques to search for oil and gas deposits.
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