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Industry Slowly Backpedals from Opposing Fracking Disclosure Requirements

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By Aaron Mintzes

October 21, 2011

What’s interesting is watching the industry’s about-face on the issue of public disclosure of fracking chemicals. As many states have passed their own disclosure laws, industry opposition has not just lessened, but actually morphed in to something of a modest embrace. Make no mistake; Halliburton continues to do everything it can to make sure the details of the harmful chemicals they are injecting never see the light of day.

By contrast, a representative from Apache Corporation intimated at yesterday’s subcommittee hearing that industry initially opposed disclosure because of a natural, almost instinctual, resistance to all regulations. Not, of course, because of a genuine need to maintain a competitive advantage, but rather a knee-jerk reaction opposing government efforts to address public health concerns.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, frac act, disclosure, halliburton, energy and natural resources committee


Debate over Fracking Regulation Looms Large in the US Senate

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By Aaron Mintzes

October 21, 2011

Recently, I attended a hearing of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources committee on the issue of fracking.The Department of Energy's scientific advisory board wanted to share with the senators their impressions from their initial report describing the need for more regulation of the industry. The distinguished panel of witnesses ultimately concluded that much more measurement is needed to assess what we need to know about how fracking affects drinking water quality.

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, hydraulic fracturing, regulation, energy and natural resources, doe


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