Republican senators who attended the subcommittee hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Tuesday questioned the Environmental Protection Agency's estimate on U.S. hydraulic fracturing emissions, which is 10% higher than the result of a recent study. The study, which was conducted by the University of Texas, found that government actions to regulate new natural gas wells can cut emissions by 99% and that the amount of emissions from fracking is actually 10% lower than the EPA estimate. The study was funded by nine natural gas firms and the Environmental Defense Fund.

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