EPA OKs Mont. water standards, but lawsuit still looms

BILLINGS, Mont. – The federal government has approved strict new water quality standards sought by Montana over fears that natural gas drilling in neighboring Wyoming could pollute interstate rivers.

Montana officials said Monday that the new rules would protect farmers from poor-quality water produced during exploration for coal-bed methane, a type of natural gas. Over the last decade, that industry has boomed just over the state line in Wyoming.

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