14 Dec '11, 12pm

Colorado and Texas to Require Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

Wyoming: Upper Green River Valley /CC BY 1.0 Yesterday, Colorado and Texas both adopted rules that require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals used in natural gas fracking . Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper thinks the state's legislation will become a model for other states, according to the Denver Post , because it goes further than other states with disclosure laws by requiring all chemicals to be named (or in cases where the oil and gas commission is convinced a specific chemical should be kept a trade secret, then the chemical family needs to be named), as well as the concentrations in which they are used. Texas will publish information released about fracking chemicals on a website, FracFocus.org . This is big news: EPA recently admitted that fracking chemicals are responsible for aquifer contamination in Wyoming . Regulation of the industry has been le...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/fossil-fuels/colorado-and-texas...

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