EPA to host public hearing in Pittsburgh on emission standards

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for Pittsburgh –  the arguable epicenter for shale gas drilling these days. The Environmental Protection Agency will host its first of three public hearings concerning oil and gas emissions standards at David Lawrence Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On August, 23, the EPA published the proposed “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews” in the federal register, according to the EPA announcement.

Since the speakers have had more than one month to prepare, I expect their responses will be focused.  I’m sure there will be cheers and jeers when the industry representatives get their five minutes. But everyone gets five – from representatives of the Sierra Club to the ordinary concerned citizen.  I’m looking forward to the comments from the local Group Against Smog and Pollution as well as the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Unfortunately, Friday was the deadline to sign up to comment at the Pittsburgh session. Here’s some more information about the hearing and the next two, which will be in Denver on the 28th and Arlington, Texas on the 29th. If you’re feeling a field trip to Arlington on September 29, you can still sign up to comment.

This is probably be my only post about the hearing because I’m reporting for Gas Business Briefing, but I’m sure there will be lots of good stories about the event.

-Estelle

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