smoke-stack-pollutionThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued draft rules on Thursday that would cut toxic emissions, which contribute to smog and asthma, by nearly 25 percent across the oil and gas industry and by 95 percent from natural gas wells drilled using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracking.

By using technologies to capture and sell natural gas that now escapes into the air, the industry would actually save nearly $30 million a year even as it cut dangerous emissions, the agency said.

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