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Deadline extended on drilling-related air pollution standards

The court-ordered deadline of April 3 for New Source Performance Standards to reduce pollution from oil and gas drilling was extended to April 17 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed rules involve several technologies previously not subject to federal regulations, such as hydraulic fracturing, according to the Oil and Gas Journal.

The new rules would result in the reduction of toxic emissions such as volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the wells required for fracking. The American Petroleum Institute (API) and other industry leaders are trying to post pone the deadline for years or gain exemption from specific components.

"I want to be clear that we are not opposing the rule but stating that the rule needs to change in key areas to avoid negative impacts to domestic production and job creation,” said Jack Gerard, API president and chief executive officer.

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