Industry groups expressed concern about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations that would require companies to use emission-reduction technologies for hydraulic fracturing. Some of the proposed methods are already the best practices of natural gas drillers in North Texas, said Ed Ireland, the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council's executive director. "They were going to be requiring green completions where possible, capturing the natural gas that comes up with the flowback water. That's already a standard practice in the Barnett Shale," he said.

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