EPA postpones hydraulic fracturing emissions rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has postponed its first set of rules aimed at reducing air pollution from hydraulic drilling sites at natural gas wells after oil and natural gas companies said they wanted to weigh in on the new standards.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the EPA said it was postponing the deadline for the rules until April 17. The agency said it needed more time to go over the more than 150,000 comments that had been submitted.

The rules aim to reduce the amount of methane and smog-forming emissions from hydraulic fracturing sites.

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