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USEPA Won't Impose Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing in ND

EPA DieselOil companies that operate in North Dakota are waiting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to release guidelines that State regulators will use to draft new rules about the use of diesel fuel in the hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” process.  Diesel fuel is used in very small quantities in some fracking solutions – particularly in cold climates.  USEPA leaders told Senator John Hoeven that North Dakota leaders will be able to provide input on the diesel fracking guidelines before they are finalized. 

Senator Hoeven says he has stressed to the USEPA how important it is to make the new regulations realistic, and that it is paramount that there is no gap in the State’s ability to oversee hydraulic fracking.  “At a time when western North Dakota needs to attract private-sector investments in everything from housing to grocery stores to hotels and restaurants, the EPA must provide the kind of certainty investors need to make decisions,” says Hoeven. 

USEPA officials also assured Senator Hoeven that the State will continue to be the primary regulator of hydraulic fracturing, and a moratorium will not be imposed in North Dakota. 

 

 

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