By Claudia O’Brien and Daniel Brunton

On October 24, 2012, a large group of environmental activists filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking new regulations to subject the oil-and-gas extraction industry to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  The petitioners include 17 environmental advocacy groups, including the Environmental Integrity Project—which is led by a former EPA official—the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club. 

A successful petition would have an immediate effect on