21 Sep '12, 12pm

5 ways to clean up fracking's chemical act

5 ways to clean up fracking's chemical act

Risks of contamination by toxic chemicals strongly drive public fear of the hydraulic fracturing operations (commonly known as fracking) used to capture natural gas and oil from shale. The public fears known chemicals (such as acids and biocides that are toxic) as well as the unknown chemicals hidden behind claims of confidential business information. These fears, together with a wider array of concerns about the environmental and community impacts of shale energy operations, translate into the potential loss of companies’ social license to operate. There's a possibility that these concerns could also lead to increased numbers of bans and moratoria both in the United States and around the globe. Oil and gas producers have made sizeable strides in disclosing many of the chemicals. But three major questions remain substantially unaddressed: First, and most importantly, do pr...

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