Ohio EPA Floats Plan for New Air Emissions Rules on Shale


Director of Ohio EPA, Craig Butler, doesn’t intend to let another Rover Pipeline project slip by his heavy hand of regulatory oversight (see Ohio EPA’s Craig Butler Goes Nuts, Demands $2.3M from Rover Pipe). Nor does Butler intend to let Utica Shale drillers ignore him either–even though the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (ODNR) is the agency responsible for regulating oil and gas in the state. Ohio EPA has zero regulatory oversight with respect to federally approved projects like Rover. It has some oversight of Utica Shale projects–as they impact certain aspects of the environment. Ohio EPA is now floating the idea of exceeding U.S. EPA air emissions standards for pipeline projects and for equipment used at drill pads, and they want feedback.

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