Drilling Industry Says Diesel Use Was Legal
by Abrahm Lustgarten
An oil drilling rig near Stanley, N.D. The well is being drilled into the Bakken Formation, one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Nicholas Kusnetz contributed to this report.
After three members of Congress reported this week that drilling companies have been injecting large amounts of diesel fuel underground to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells, the industry is fighting back — not by denying the accusation, but by arguing that the EPA never fully regulated the potentially environmentally dangerous practice in the first place. (mais…)