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EPA/WATER RIN: 2040-AF35 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Effluent Guidelines and Standards for Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction Including Coalbed Methane and Shale Gas Extraction 
Abstract: In recent years there has been substantial growth in extraction and production of oil and gas resources including coalbed methane and shale gas using unconventional technologies. Part of this growth can be attributed to advances in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. This unconventional oil and gas production can generate substantial volumes of wastewater. These wastewaters have been found to contain elevated concentrations of some or all of the following pollutants: fracturing fluid additives, salt content (often expressed as total dissolved solids or TDS), conventional pollutants, organics, metals, and NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material), which, if discharged, can directly impact aquatic life and drinking water sources. The current state of regulations for discharges associated with these unconventional activities varies. This action will collect information, review existing technologies, and develop regulatory options to control discharges of pollutants from these sources. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 435 
Legal Authority: 33 USC 1311; 33 USC 1314; 33 USC 1316 to 1318; 33 USC 1342; 33 USC 1361 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2014   
Final Rule  12/00/2015   
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0334
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/cbm_index.cfm  
Sectors Affected: 213111 Drilling Oil and Gas Wells; 213112 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Biddle
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4303T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0350
Fax:202 566-1053
Email: biddle.lisa@epa.gov

Jan Matuszko
Environmental Protection Agency
Water
4303T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1035
Fax:202 566-1053
Email: matuszko.jan@epa.gov

 
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