EPA DRAFTS TOUGHER INJECTION WELL RULES

Regulations under development by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would hit oil and gas producers with new, costly requirements for wells that inject produced brines and fluids for enhanced oil recovery. If implemented, they would certainly discourage EOR activity and encourage shut-in of producing wells. Those effects should alarm not only producers but also the Department of Energy, which is studying ways to increase domestic production.

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