News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Don Drumm Studios


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


U.S. EPA issues regulation update
Regulators say they're in keeping with President Obama's call for rules that will protect the environment but not block critical energy resoucres development
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Drilling rig in the twilight near Paris in Stark County
Courtesy of Rudell
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The federal EPA is out with its first ever national standards for air pollution from fracking. That’s the aggressive, hydraulic fracturing method now widely used to shake loose oil and gas trapped in shale deep under the ground.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports. 

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:58)


Calling them “achievable air pollution standards for the oil and gas industry,” the U.S. EPA issued requirements aimed at cutting harmful emissions by drillers and well operators by 95 percent.

The new rules will phase in, with the final step coming in 2015.  And, federal regulators say half of the fracking operations in the country already have equipment needed to meet the upgraded standards.

In Ohio, the state EPA has broad home rule over pollution from gas and oil drilling.  Agency spokesman Mike Settles: “Ohio EPA will look at the new federal standards to see how they compare with standards that are already in place here. We’re going to need some time to study it; and where necessary, or desired, we will incorporate those federal standards into our own permitting process.”

U.S. EPA says one new requirement--that drillers capture and sell escaping methane and other gases that often got away during drilling and construction--should create enough revenue for operators to offset their costs of implementing the rest of new standards   I’m Tim Rudell, 89-7, WKSU.  


Related WKSU Stories

Kasich proposes new fracking rules
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ohio comes up with first guidelines for drilling in state parks, and House Speaker says a higher fracking tax is still being considered.
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stark County is a "sweet spot" for fracking
Monday, April 9, 2012

Fracking where you least expect it
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Farm-to-School: Cafeteria lunch is fresh and local at Tallmadge High School
Great job Tallmadge City Schools! So glad to have a progressive business manager and superintendant!

World premiere at Cleveland Institute of Music is fanfare for a new theme
J'ai une grande admiration pour Daniil Trifonov que j'ai vu en concert deux fois à Paris je ne lui trouve pas d'égal c'est un ange tombe du ciel

Kent's journalism school faculty protest presidential search secrecy
There really was too much secrecy behind the selection process. Hopefully the letter by the faculty members will convince the board to provide more information ...

Belgian cargo ship creates new export route between Antwerp and NEO
The vessel is registered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Not in Belgium ;)

Exploradio: Tracking Ohio's champion trees
Absolutely loved this story. We lost 3 of our larger ash trees last year due to EAB. Big, beautiful trees are something to be treasured, and many times they tru...

Ohio's rules on fracking and earthquakes are a first
I'm right in the middle of the issue. Like oil independence, but hope there is pre- and current-drilling assurance re dangers from pollution, earthquakes and th...

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University