US toughens rules on fugitive fracking emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a series of measures to tackle fugitive and intentional emissions from oil and gas wells

The UK is still developing a regulatory framework on shale gas. Photograph: Bizoon/123RFThRegulations aiming to cut methane emissions from hydraulic fracturing operators have been set in the US, despite raising costs for operators of new wells.

On 12 May, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published draft new source performance standards (NSPS), updating air pollution control methods for new and modified oil and gas infrastructure. These will formally come into force later in the year.

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