Taking the long view, one can say the EPA sliced the issue of new air emissions regs for oil and gas right down the middle. The new rules do require the oil and gas industry to capture emissions of certain air pollutants
from new wells.
But it gave the oil and gas industry more time to comply, allowing companies to burn pollutants at the well head until the start of 2015, when enough equipment is expected to be available to capture
The administration said the regulations are part of President Obama’s promise to develop the nation’s oil and gas resources in a manner that protects the environment and the public health.
“The standards are practice, flexible, affordable and achievable,” Gina McCarthy, an assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said on a conference call with reporters.