EPA Working to Defend Clean Water Rule

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Impact to shale 
Beyond agriculture, energy exploration and shale gas companies are also concerned about the new rule. 
Lee Fuller, executive vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said in a statement, that the new rule will affect all oil and gas development as well. 
According to Fuller, an energy company, or anyone else, would need to obtain a federal permit for any activity that results in a discharge into any body of water covered by the new definition of “waters of the United States,” including small streams and wetlands. 
The Independent Petroleum Association says it represents 95 percent of the nation’s oil and gas wells. 
Fuller said he’s concerned the rule will lead to “retroactive applications” and added costs to business operations.
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