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U.S. Ozone Standard Change Would Pose Challenges for Fracking

12:27 PM MDT | August 26, 2011 | Kara Sissell

The potential negative impact on industry from a tighter ozone standard is much greater now given the importance of shale gas resources, says Mike Walls, v.p./technical and regulatory affairs at ACC. Most of the shale development-related industrial activity would be in less populated areas of the U.S., which are currently categorized as in attainment with clean air laws. However, a tighter ozone standard would push virtually the entire nation into “nonattainment.” Related changes to permit requirements would make plant approvals costly and difficult...

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