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2012-09-26. Two-thirds of frack disclosures omit 'secrets'

posted Oct 12, 2012, 3:02 PM by Lisa Ou
 | by Mike Soraghan, E&E Publishing. An article relevant to GSS Energy Use chapter 3. Excerpt: Two out of every three times oil and gas companies have publicly disclosed the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluid, they've left something out. At least one chemical was kept secret in 65 percent of fracking disclosures by companies that said they needed to protect confidential business information…Critics of drilling say the widespread use of such "trade secret" exemptions undermines the industry's assurances that drillers are being open with the communities where they are "fracking" wells and producing oil and gas….dustry notes that U.S. EPA allows companies to withhold trade secret information from its well-known Toxics Release Inventory. The FracFocus site says companies that have agreed to voluntarily disclose their frack fluid chemicals except for chemicals that qualify as trade secrets under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's worker safety laws.... Read the full article: http://www.eenews.net/public/energywire/2012/09/26/1