Air pollution from drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale?

April 18, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2012 at 11:18 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rules on air pollution from hydraulic fracturing won't be put into full effect until 2015, but the city of Victoria is already looking into possible pollution from fracking.

City officials have been watching air pollution closely since the city's ozone levels were found to be near the EPA's non-attainment standards, Environmental Programs Coordinator Marie Lester said.

"The story down here is ozone," Lester said.

Ozone pollution is caused by the combustion of fossil fuels.

Lester said they are more concerned about the increase in the number of trucks on the road than the actual drilling.

The city received a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to research how the oil and gas production may impact air quality in the area, Lester said.

It is unclear how the EPA rules will effect production in the Eagle Ford Shale since the rules won't be put into full effect until January 2015. In the meantime, the University of Texas will conduct a study to monitor various pollutants typically found near oil and gas production areas, Lester said.



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