The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations.  Deb Nardone, Director of the Sierra Club’s Natural Gas Reform Campaign, issued a press release to the USEPA in response to their announcement.

“EPA’s decision today to pursue pre-treatment standards for flowback water from frack sites is good news for the health of our communities and the environment,” said Deb Nardone.   “Proper treatment of this polluted water is vital to ensure clean drinking water for the millions of Americans that share water with the natural gas industry.

“As the EPA looks at this serious problem, we hope they take the opportunity to track the amount and content of waste water produced at each well pad.  A closer look at the water used in the hydraulic fracturing process allows for a better understanding of its effect on our communities.

“We look forward to working with the EPA to ensure these water standards are strong and we hope to continue to see the Agency protect our air, water and communities from the dirty natural gas industry.”

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