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Fracking impacted families speak truth to power at the People’s Forum

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By Alan Septoff

May 23, 2013

The Stop the Frack Attack network (of which Earthworks is a part) held a People's Forum yesterday.

As the Bureau of Land Management weakened fracking regulations at the oil and gas industry's request, as the Senate Energy committee held a forum without a single impacted citizen, sixteen people living with the negative impacts of the fracking boom stood up and told their stories.

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Tagged with: fracking, health, stop the frack attack, community voices, people's forum

Harvard study: Frac Focus puts fracking company convenience ahead of public’s right to know

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By Alan Septoff

April 24, 2013

Thanks to two great stories by E&E’s Mike Soraghan, we know that the Harvard Law School has evaluated and found government (and the public) shouldn’t rely upon it.

In short, Harvard says FracFocus is inadequate for at least three reasons:

  1. It is hard to determine when and if companies make disclosures.
  2. The data contained within FracFocus isn’t vetted – it consists of whatever the company reports.
  3. Secrecy claims made by companies aren’t vetted – FracFocus allows for unchallenged and extremely broad disclosure exemptions made at the company’s discretion.

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Tagged with: fracking, disclosure, chemicals, fracfocus

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