Ohio considers limiting air pollution from fracking
The state of Ohio is moving toward implementing regulations on the air pollution caused by the practice of hydrofracking to mine natural gas deposits deep within the earth.
Companies drilling for oil and natural gas in shale formations in Ohio might soon face air pollution limits on new wells.
The practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in pursuit of gas can require multiple wells on a single site, creating a concentration of equipment that can leak hazardous airborne compounds, The Columbus Dispatch reported. That’s causing concern about the pollutants the drilling operations might release, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has proposed requiring oil and gas drillers to get permits that would set pollution limits.
“This is no longer the individual little well you see out in farm fields,” Ohio EPA spokesman Mike Settles said. “This is a sizable operation with pieces of equipment that need to be covered by an air permit.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is forbidden by federal law from regulating water pollution from fracking, is also considering regulations under the Clean Air Act to prevent air pollution from the practice.