On April 4, 2014 the Ohio EPA issued new emission rules (click to see) for horizontal oil and gas well sites. The new rules are aimed at what the EPA calls “fugitive emissions” from leaking valves or connectors in drilling equipment. The EPA’s stated goal is to stop emissions that can become smog and methane. Companies are now required to scan well-site equipment quarterly using a device that can detect potential pollutants. Any discovered leaks must be fixed within five days and repair reports submitted to state regulators. The new EPA rules only apply to horizontal wells, which studies show may emit up to twice the methane of traditional vertical wells. Ohio is the third state to adopt stricter fugitive emissions rules over the last six months, following Wyoming and Colorado.
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