- April 19th, 2012
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On April 18, 2012, EPA issued rules governing the capture of methane and VOCs from oil and gas hydraulic fracturing operations. Promulgated under the NSPS, the rules only apply to newly drilled wells. Also, EPA gave industry until 2015 to comply with the rules. Until then “green completions” will be voluntary (unless mandated by another entity such as a state, which is the case in Colorado). More information on the EPA rule is available here.