Democrats Want Broad Definition of Diesel in Fracking Rules

Greenwire: Democratic critics of industry's hydraulic fracturing practices are urging U.S. EPA to broadly define diesel fuel as it decides how to regulate the use of the toxic fuel in oil and gas drilling. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and her colleagues say that if diesel is defined too narrowly, drillers will be able to evade regulation while still using diesel. Their fear is that benzene and similar toxic chemicals, often referred to as "BTEX," could contaminate drinking water. "It could result in a scenario......

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