Photo courtesy of SAIC Newly fractured or refractured wells typically emit pollutants such as benzene and methane into the air for days until they are vented, burned off or captured. Related Links: Details of the EPA regulation NRDC report, "Leaking Profits" New Environmental Protection Agency standards that aim to cut air pollution from oil and natural gas produced through hydraulic fracturing have received tempered praise from industry groups and mixed reviews from environmental organizations. The energy industry prefers the rule's Jan. 1, 2015, compliance date to an earlier EPA proposal's tighter deadline. Environmental organizations call the regulation, announced on April 18,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.