How new fracking disclosure laws stack up

President Obama vowed in his State of the Union speech to make oil companies provide more disclosure of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, and last week, the Houston Chronicle obtained a draft proposal of the new federal rules. As Fuelfix reported at the time:

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has drafted a rule that would require companies to reveal the trade names and purposes of fracturing fluid additives and to name the specific chemicals involved and the volumes they plan to use. The rule also contains a trade-secret exemption if companies can show that state or federal laws and regulations protect the information from public disclosure.

Some industry groups criticized the federal rules, saying they overlap with a web of state laws. So far, nine states have rules requiring, in various forms, the disclosure of fracking fluid information. One of the big concerns about all of the laws is whether they require the disclosure of the concentrations of hazardous materials used in the fracking process. Some state laws allow for the concentrations to be excluded if they are deemed a trade secret.

Of course, in attempting to allay public fears, more disclosure is better. The trade secret dodge seems destined to undermine public confidence in the new laws.

InsideClimate News, which has written about concerns with the trade secret provisions,  has compiled a chart showing which laws do what.

Fracking Rules

1 Comment

  1. Adler

    You want disclosure?

    Go into your kitchen and get a pot with 4 qts of water, dump in a the contents of a newly-opened bottle of salt, add a cup of you favorite distilled booze, mix in a packet of unflavored gelatin. There you have it! Frac fluid.

    Now, can we move onto an actual pressing matter like the economy or unemployment?

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