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Promise of federal standards for natural gas wastewater management on the horizon from @NRDC's blog:

This blog post was co-authored by NRDC legal fellow John Wood. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it will develop two standards for discharges of natural gas wastewater into streams and rivers under the Clean Water Act. While NRDC is encouraged that EPA is taking initiative on this crucial issue, these standards are a long time coming, and still a long way from being published. First, the EPA said it will develop standards for wastewater produced by natural gas extraction from coalbed methane formations. There are 15 coalbed methane basins across the United States. Coalbed methane formations contain a lot of groundwater, which must be pumped out of the earth to produce the natural gas. The EPA found that approximately 45 percent of all coalbed methane produced water (about 22 billion gallons per year) is discharged directly into surface water...

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