Texas becomes first state to require frac fluid disclosure

Associated Press

HOUSTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill requiring drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use when extracting oil and gas from dense rock formations, the first state to pass such a law.

Several other state agencies have passed regulations forcing some disclosure, but none have made it a law. Texas’ law will force drillers to post the chemicals and the amounts used beginning in July 2012.

The issue has taken on national importance as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is used in more states to extract once out-of-reach hydrocarbons from impermeable shale formations. Drillers pump chemical-laced water into the ground at high pressure to crack the rock.

Environmental groups worry the chemicals could taint aquifers and water supplies. The industry says the process is safe.

5 Comments

  1. Anonymoose

    I’m honestly surprised Rick Perry signed this. He is all about helping big business and forgetting the little people.

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  2. Trail Trash

    Mean while runoff from farms and cities continues to be the largest source of polution to our freshwater supplies.

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  3. Indianpaintbrush

    YOU know that, Trash, and I KNOW it, but we both KNOW that only some industries are put under the glass. The companies that supply the fluids will either fight this or just stop doing business in Texas. They will not allow the competition to learn the composition of materials that are protected by patents.

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  4. Trail Trash

    I want to know what’s in Col. Sanders secret herbs and spices.

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  5. Ken

    I know for a fact there is huge amounts of dihydrogen monoxide. http://www.dhmo.org/

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