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Marcellus Shale Coalition opposes O&G having to report pollution releases

The Marcellus Shale Coalition is still opposed to including the oil and gas extraction industry on the list of industries that disclose the release of pollutants.

Last Wednesday, PennFuture and eight other environmental advocacy groups and organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in efforts to placing reporting requirements on the oil and gas industry.

The group is specifically wanting the industry to make emissions disclosures to the Toxics Release Inventory, a public database that keeps records of certain emissions from facilities in specific areas.

However, the coalition is still objecting to the industry being added to the report.  According to the coalition, wells and related facilities, like compression stations, do not emit enough pollutants to meet the EPA standards for having to report.  This is the reason why the EPA did not include the oil and gas industry to begin with, states the coalition.

In 2012, the groups filing the lawsuit asked the EPA to broaden the reporting requirements.  At the time, the agency responded saying it would consider it, but never pursued anything more.

To read the full article regarding the battle of the oil and gas industry having reporting requirements, click here.

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