The draft guidance outlines for EPA permit writers, where EPA is the permitting authority, requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells, technical recommendations for permitting those wells, and a description of diesel fuels for EPA underground injection control permitting. The draft guidance describes diesel fuels for these purposes by reference to six chemical abstract services registry numbers (CASRN). The Agency is requesting input on this description.
EPA said that while the guidance undergoes public notice and comment, decisions about permitting hydraulic fracturing operations that use diesel fuels will be made on a case-by-case basis, considering the facts and circumstances of the specific injection activity and applicable statutes, regulations and case law, and will not cite this draft guidance as a basis for decision. EPA said it continues to work with states, industry and other stakeholders to help ensure that natural gas is developed safely and responsibly.
Access a release from EPA (click here). Access complete details on the draft guidance (click here). Access a lengthy release from DOI/BLM with additional details and link to the proposed rule, economic analysis, appendix and related information (click here). Access a release from Sen. Inhofe with additional comments and background on the EPA proposal (click here); and the DOI proposal (click here). Access the statement from Rep. Upton (click here). Access joint statement from House Democrats and link to more details on their recommendations (click here). Access a joint release from environmental organizations (click here). [#Water/Frack, #Energy/Frack]
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